"a lost cause"
something or someone that has no chance of success
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Two colleagues are talking ...
Colleague 1: Are you absolutely sure that we are not going to be able to have that material printed by Monday?
Colleague 2: It is a lost cause. I have called the printers repeatedly but they are overwhelmed with work and there is absolutely no way they can have our material ready any time before Thursday.
Colleague 1: Maybe I will phone them.
Colleague 2: Sure but it will be an exercise in futility.
A couple are talking ...
Wife: Do you think that Harold will stick with his new house painting job?
Husband: This is the third job he has had this year already. I can't remember how many jobs Harold has been fired from.
Wife: So you think that Harold is a lost cause?
Husband: Sorry to say but, yes, I think that Harold will be a failure in life.
There is no gerund form for a lost cause.
1) Neither of us considers California to be a lost cause. But the problems are far deeper than the boosters believe -- a deteriorating infrastructure ...
2) ... would be a lost cause and a waste of time if the protesters are from the usual suspects ...
3) ... parents were seen as bad, primitive people who were a lost cause.
4) ... had to believe a turnaround was possible. It's not a lost cause. We've got to be confident. We've got to be optimistic.
5) ... was praying music took me somewhere and if it meant that I was a lost cause to my family because I wasn't going to college, so be it.
6) ... they will lose heart. Why should they sacrifice their lives for a lost cause?
7) ... but after a few months they're beginning to realise she's a lost cause. Hearing her trying to speak Russian makes their ears bleed.
8) I knew it was a lost cause and finally convinced everyone there was nothing more we could do.
9) The militants realized it's a lost cause, and they are running away.
10) ... didn't want to waste a good leader on what they thought was a lost cause.
11) ... that patrol the high fences that surround the perimeter, but it is a lost cause. The inmates know how to bypass them and use their mobiles to order contraband ...
12) Why are you spending so much time and money on a lost cause?
13) ... been turned in. So she filed a police report thinking it was a lost cause.
14) I am afraid you are a lost cause. You are beyond help.
15) ... passionate to the bone about the early years, but I'm fighting a lost cause if my own school can not see the value in what I do.
16) Today, nuclear disarmament seems to be a lost cause as ...
17) ... they're not going to continue to invest in what they perceive as a lost cause.
18) But for him, not all relapsed patients are a lost cause. A database his hospital set up in 1997, which tracks outcomes of ...
19) I think people felt like this was a lost cause and not much could be done.
20) To resist sleep is to fight a lost cause. Sleep always wins whenever it visits.