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- n. A cause, attempt, or effort that is hopeless or futile.
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- n. a defeated cause or a cause for which defeat is inevitable
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If there was a lost cause to hand, or a disaster of any sort going, then Standingham was first in the wrong queue; it was only to be expected in due course that Sir Piers de Stayning, having lost the "e" off his name, should also ride to Bosworth Field in 1485 with the wrong army and lose the rest of it.
They weren’t what we in Chicago call “Lakefront Liberals” - the so-called Volvo-driving, latte-sipping, white-wine-drinking Democrats that Republicans love to poke fun at and might be expected to embrace a lost cause such as mine.
Survivors of that lost cause fled to Thurii and reinforced the Spartacans.
Unrelenting hate to his lost cause might have again consigned him to the walks of private life, and he have become an exemplar of all the virtues of a private station; but this he had already been in the shades of Lexington.