American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Informal Certain to end in failure or disappointment: trapped in a no-win situation.
- adj. Bound to end in failure
- adj. certain to end in failure and disappointment
“He also wants to restrict the use of Conditional Fee Agreements, also known as no-win, no fee deals.”
“But when they get sent convicts and other people like this that come out here at a point of a gun ... and they just come out here and act like total heathens and savages, it's just a no-win situation.”
“He treated this no-win second-leg tie against Real in isolation.”
“On the most important issue, sovereign default risk, the newly-created regulator is in a no-win position.”
“Lawsuits, in all but the rarest cases, are a no-win situation for business owners who would be much better off focusing their time and money on the business instead of on litigation.”
“It is not that big a stretch to see how these behaviors adapt into the extremely common, no-win situation of the sexual initiation complex.”
“He's putting himself in a no-win situation, he's playing the people that he claims to love, he opts to stay in the same situation when given an out (the legitimate job offer) and I see no good exit strategy for any possible upcoming situation.”
“The companies put merchants and their customers in a no-win situation" and "consumers are being held hostage.”
“Henderson, who asserted in November that Nerenberg would remain in control of both schools, said she had been placed in a virtual no-win situation.”
“But if Obama, mired in conventional no-win proposals, does not respond, it would not be the first time Kaptur has been disappointed in her president.”
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