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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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The Lost Cause reads like a timeline of how we found our own way and, in doing so, realised it is now our turn to give back," she says.
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.
In view of China's dash to embrace the worst aspects of capitalist development (short term planning, the dismal execution of building projects and wholescale razing of historic structures), this might seem like a laughably lost cause, but amid the hubris and chaos a number of talented young Chinese architects and urbanists are trying valiantly to nurture a sense of responsibility towards culture, society and the built environment.
While many major headlines bemoaned the recession, the newsletter's take went against the current: the economy wasn't a lost cause, and a recovery wasn't just wishful thinking.
Many have still not given up the lost cause of asserting that Iraq's new constitution will bring a wave of freedom for Iraqis and peoples across the Middle East.
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.