to fight a losing battle

Idiom Definition

"to fight a losing battle"

to be aware of and continue to work or try to move forward even though you are making no progress

Idiom Definition - to fight a losing battle


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - to fight a losing battle

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1: What are you working on?

Friend 2: I'm trying to get this computer to work. I've been working on it for a week trying every different kind of procedure I can think of to make it work again. I just can't seem to get it to work.

Friend 1: Sounds like your hard drive is bad.

Friend 2: I agree. I think I'm fighting a losing battle.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - to fight a losing battle

Two businessmen are talking ...

Businessman 1: How are the sales of that new cell phone going?

Businessman 2: Not very good. We keep spending more money on advertising and promotion and still sales aren't improving. We've even started to reduce the price.

Businessman 1: Sounds like you're fighting a losing battle. Maybe it's time to admit defeat and take on the next challenge.

Businessman 2: I think you're right.

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to fight a losing battle - Gerund Form:

Fighting a losing battle can be frustrating.

to fight a losing battle - Examples:

1)  One in four Australian vegetable growers is facing financial ruin as they fight a losing battle against cheap processed imports.

2)  Do some people just fight a losing battle when they should be taking advantage of the red tones in their hair?

3)  What does Obama think committing the US financial and material resources to fight a losing battle in Libya will add to his dwindling political fortunes?

4)  But even the bulk of this massive bulldozer seemed to fight a losing battle against the singular will of the forest.

5)  Others fight a losing battle with landlords and are constantly in debt because they have to raise loans.

6)  And I don't have the strength to watch them fight a losing battle.

7)  Those waiting to disembark had to fight a losing battle against those trying to board, and it was each man for himself.

8)  I've been watching my older PCs at home fight a losing battle with GMail, all the time thinking IE had been compromised.

9)  People who are frustrated by the amount of advertising in society fight a losing battle.

10) Those who wish to protect intact functioning ecosystems fight a losing battle

11)  Hate and bigotry are fighting a losing battle.

12)  Stopping English language abuse is a debilitating, losing battle.

13)  I also realize that this might very well be a losing battle.

14)  The recent reports from Citi and Wells Fargo indicating that law firms are fighting a losing battle in the expense-versus-revenue war can hardly be surprising. 

15)  Douglas was adamant, though, and Hawkins knew she was fighting a losing battle.

16)  It's hard but I think its a losing battle for government to continue this fight.

17)  Now, she's in the death throes of a losing battle against time and fashion irrelevance.

18)  It fills me with pride, but also causes me despair because it's a losing battle

19)  It's a losing battle, so manipulate the mechanisms.

20)  The Amalgamated had no choice but to call a strike. But it was a losing battle. The union surrendered after fourteen months.