no-win situation

Idioms & Phrases

no-win situation

A situation certain to end in failure or disappointment, as in If the in-laws visit them or they visit the in-laws, either way they see it as a no-win situation. [c. 1960]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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