Definition of lost cause in English:

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lost cause


A person or thing that can no longer hope to succeed or be changed for the better: their opposition to planning for full employment was a lost cause he denied his drinking problem, and his friend left believing he was a lost cause
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  • The plot itself is far from coherent and often meanders, but in a sense this fits with the characters it encapsulates: a bunch of lost causes fumbling their way through life in search of an unattainable salvation.
  • St. Jude, the patron saint of lost causes, has received excessive attention from me recently, despite the fact that I am not Catholic.
  • But I'm afraid I've never been one for lost causes.

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