Definition of no-win in English:

no-win

adjective

  • Of or denoting a situation in which success or a favorable outcome is impossible.

    • ‘It requires a seasoned politician to take advantage of a no-win situation and manipulate circumstances to drive home a point.’
    • ‘Reid was probably placed in a no-win situation.’
    • ‘The public are left subsidising a loss-making cause to the tune of £600,000 a year and have been committed to a no-win situation.’
    • ‘But I think this is basically a no-win situation.’
    • ‘My producer, John Walker, called it a no-win situation, because if we do a really good job, no one will notice it.’
    • ‘And so in certain ways, they are in kind of a no-win situation.’
    • ‘Wassill said it was a no-win situation for everyone involved, but also a learning experience, so maybe in the future, similar situations will be better dealt with.’
    • ‘For Marie Antoinette, as for Diana, it was a no-win situation, not helped by the fact that she and her feckless husband had difficulty in producing all-important heirs.’
    • ‘In other words, Nato was in a no-win situation: if it had done nothing the region would have suffered and having done something it is having to live with the consequences.’
    • ‘If ever there has been a no-win situation, this is it.’
    • ‘It was an impossible, no-win situation for the Patriots under the circumstances.’
    • ‘Mocking your man in public creates a no-win situation.’
    • ‘It was a measured response from a leader plunged into a no-win situation by adversaries who had shown themselves fully prepared to give their lives for their cause.’
    • ‘All around, it's a no-win situation for the government.’
    • ‘The fire board have found themselves in a no-win situation.’
    • ‘Such a scenario will put the bank in a no-win situation because it will undoubtedly come in for some fierce criticism from supporters of individual clubs.’
    • ‘This is a no-win situation for workers in Mexico as well as in Asia.’
    • ‘For this reason, you can't help but feel that Plant is in a bit of a no-win situation every time he releases a new record and some of his solo output has been indifferent to say the least.’
    • ‘Then there is the image problem, a no-win situation.’
    • ‘It is a no-win situation for poor working women.’
    impossible, beyond hope, with no chance of success, useless, no-win, futile, unworkable, impracticable, forlorn, pointless, vain
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Pronunciation:

no-win

/ˈnō ˈwin/