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lost cause

noun a defeated cause, abortion, bomb, defeat, dereliction, downfall, flop, frustration, hopeless situation, insolvency, losing game, malfunction, misadventure, miscarriage, misstep, nonperformance, omission, terminal case, total loss, waste of energies, waste of time
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Anyone with an ounce of common sense - you did not need to be a lawyer - would foresee these were two lost causes.
analyzes the oratory of the Lost Cause speakers of the first decades following the US Civil War, arguing that the victory of Lost Cause rhetoric in the South has helped lay the groundwork for much of Southern political and social culture up until the present day.
The imagery of Grant the butcher was a political manifestation designed to support the Lost Cause theory of the Civil War.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has begun a four day state visit to Washington DC, aiming to convince Americans that his country is not a lost cause.
Foster, Ghosts of the Confederacy: Defeat, the Lost Cause, and the Emergence of the New South (New York, 1987); Charles Reagan Wilson, Baptized in Blood: The Religion of the Lost Cause, 1865-1920 (Athens, GA, 1980); and Richard Starnes, "'Rule of Rebs': Confederate Historical Memory and White Supremacy in North Carolina, 1865-1870," Southern Historian 17 (1996): 45-66.
The great tragedy of the Vietnam War, we tell ourselves, was its waste--all those young American lives lost in a lost cause.
Our screams make you twitchy our activity scares your shoppers broken glass and a busted bench call the cops, third offense, lost board, not a lost cause.
We looked down and out after the first half and, when Mallorca took the lead, it looked a lost cause.
Breakaway segregationist Democrats didn't need to pluck the racist dystopia implicit in their 1948 platform from thin air, nor did they have to base their political hopes on hazy Lost Cause nostalgia and distant antebellum dreams.
By noting the changes in the city's make-up and image over a few critical years, he explained how Richmond was transformed from the shrine of the Lost Cause to an example of New South Progressivism.
Lee as marking the beginning of the entry of the Lost Cause into acceptance by mainstream white America.
But when you make it more difficult for reporters to find you, you can pretty much chalk up an introduction as a lost cause.