Definition of be on a hiding to nothing in English:

be on a hiding to nothing

phrase

British
  • Be unlikely to succeed, or be unlikely to gain much advantage if one does:

    ‘politically we are on a hiding to nothing in the long run’
    • ‘We looked on a hiding to nothing here, considering our away record and the fact that City had signed a new player.’
    • ‘A captain in any sport, says Brearley, is on a hiding to nothing.’
    • ‘I'll be a young granny, but if my kids have kids in their 20s and think I'm going to look after them full-time, they're on a hiding to nothing.’
    • ‘If they stick to the same tactics they will be on a hiding to nothing.’
    • ‘He's on a hiding to nothing because he's not Scottish and he's certainly taking a hell of a lot of flak for us players.’
    • ‘But he and his legal team must have known they were on a hiding to nothing.’
    • ‘For example if you want to lose weight because your partner says you need to then, I'm sorry, but you are on a hiding to nothing.’
    • ‘You have to do what a client wants, you know, even if you are on a hiding to nothing.’
    • ‘With neither side willing to concede ground, the UN secretary-general was on a hiding to nothing.’
    • ‘But they know they're on a hiding to nothing if they raise a murmur of objection.’