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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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2) </pre> <p>Postliberalism appeals to southern evangelicals not because of an experience of lost ecclesial power, something that never occurred in the South; rather, postliberalism resonates with a provincial cultural worldview forged by a sense of disenfranchisement due to repeated federal interventionism and bolstered by a tendency to sectarian defensiveness in the name of these lost causes.
The elective affinities between the southern sense of defensiveness and postliberalism's self-referential call to distinctiveness are so powerful that postliberalism's substantive commitments themselves become lost causes.
I got through two lost causes and took them to a big final.
The preoccupation with history, especially a history of lost causes, is not simply reactionary or atavistic; it is the heady medium through which a people who believe themselves to be a "nation" distinguish themselves from their colonizers, and debate their own postcolonial future.
But McCoy has made rescuing lost causes his business from the saddle and simply would not be denied as he got up to deny Briery Fox by a neck in a pulsating finish, one to rival Special Cargo some 25 years ago.
There are more deserving lost causes out there than Labour.
He has taken on so many of everyone else's waifs, strays and lost causes and made them work for his team right through his career.
He said: "Chasing lost causes was probably the best description of my job.
THE thought that the magnificent Sawyer might one day be killed off on Lost causes us many sleepless nights.
Not only in terms of trying to create for us, but by chasing lost causes.