Definition of no-win in US English:



  • 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 fire board have found themselves 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.’
    • ‘It is a no-win situation for poor working women.’
    • ‘Mocking your man in public creates a no-win situation.’
    • ‘This is a no-win situation for workers in Mexico as well as in Asia.’
    • ‘It was an impossible, no-win situation for the Patriots under the circumstances.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Then there is the image problem, a no-win situation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But I think this is basically 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.’
    • ‘All around, it's a no-win situation for the government.’
    • ‘If ever there has been a no-win situation, this is it.’
    • ‘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.’
    impossible, beyond hope, with no chance of success, useless, futile, unworkable, impracticable, forlorn, pointless, vain
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/ˈnoʊ ˈwɪn//ˈnō ˈwin/