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lost cause

n
a cause with no chance of success
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Noun1.lost cause - a defeated cause or a cause for which defeat is inevitable
crusade, campaign, cause, drive, effort, movement - a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end; "he supported populist campaigns"; "they worked in the cause of world peace"; "the team was ready for a drive toward the pennant"; "the movement to end slavery"; "contributed to the war effort"
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lost cause

ncausa persa
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One doesn't meet these in saloons, nor rallying to lost causes, nor flaming on the adventure-paths, nor loving as God's own mad lovers.
A swollen conscience caused him to see and hear even more than was warranted by his position, and his uncompromising nature compelled him to act on whatsoever he heard or saw: a savage custodian of public morals, he had in addition a perverse enthusiasm for lost causes, loved a minority for its own sake, and untenable tenets for theirs.
His very obstinacy and egoism now enabled him, blind, comparatively poor, and the representative of a lost cause, to maintain his proud and patient dignity in the midst of the triumph of all that was most hateful to him, and, as he believed, to God.
He led a lost cause, and he was not afraid of God's thunderbolts," Wolf Larsen was saying.
The Lost Causes, written by two television and film writers, reads exactly like a TV show or movie.
Mr Sergeant writes of monies thrown away on lost causes.
Lost Causes begins from the simple and obvious observation that the United Kingdom, like much of today's developed Western world, has veered far from classical liberalism, with significant consequences.
Anyone with an ounce of common sense - you did not need to be a lawyer - would foresee these were two lost causes.