Definition of losing battle in English:

losing battle


  • A struggle that seems certain to end in failure.

    ‘the police force is fighting a losing battle against a rising tide of crime’
    • ‘I fought tears hard but it was definitely a losing battle.’
    • ‘She could have ran, but she stayed to fight the losing battle.’
    • ‘The government so far is waging a losing battle against opium poppies.’
    • ‘With the tools we have today, we're fighting a losing battle.’
    • ‘But I quickly realized this was a losing battle.’
    • ‘I regularly do my ‘bit’ by clearing away the litter that gathers but it seems to be a losing battle.’
    • ‘Worn windshield wipers struggle in a losing battle against torrents of rain.’
    • ‘He braved the heat to try and put out the fire with a garden hose but it was a losing battle.’
    • ‘Trying to dictate pleasure to a pluralistic society is a losing battle.’
    • ‘Although he'd been away from the battlefield for an eternity, he still longed to fight the losing battle, as he was now.’
    • ‘I soon began to realize this was a losing battle with the paint.’
    • ‘I tried to get them to think more clearly and rigorously but it was a losing battle from the start.’
    • ‘We're going to feel overwhelmed by all the battles that need to be fought, depressed beyond belief by all the hits we'll sustain in the process of trying to fight all those losing battles.’
    • ‘These quotations provide an historical context through which we watch the losing battle of the deaf community to retain its own language.’
    • ‘It was a grueling race, one that I lightly refer to as my losing battle.’
    • ‘Whether he likes it or not, he is in the early stages of a losing battle.’
    • ‘That desperate struggle soon became a losing battle.’
    • ‘We tried to correct this impression, but it's a losing battle.’
    • ‘Consumer-goods companies are fighting what appears to be a losing battle with their customers and the retailers who sell their goods.’
    • ‘When I was a technology and telecommunications analyst at a large investment bank, I fought something of a losing battle over this point.’