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fight a losing battle

Definition of fight a losing battle in English:

Be fated to fail in one’s efforts: the police are fighting a losing battle against a rising tide of crime
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  • Unaided by the public, police would be fighting a losing battle against crime.
  • The final score does scant justice to the efforts of the players who never stopped trying despite fighting a losing battle for much of the game.
  • The police are fighting a losing battle, and they know this, which is why you are unlikely to be arrested for small amounts.
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