Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
a. Bound to end in failure
adj. certain to end in failure and disappointment; "a no-win situation"
Usage examples of "no-win".
Politically and militarily things are certainly going their way, thanks in no small measure to some incredibly stupid moves by us -- such as no-win war policies, gigantic loans and food shipments -- allowing them both to feed their people and to outspend us on defense.
The odds against the health and lives of the merchantmen surviving, respectively, their living conditions and the attentions of the enemy were high indeed: theirs was a classic no-win situation.
You got yourself in an almost no-win situation there where you had very little to win and a hell of a lot to lose.
It was so like Jones to search for the positives in a no-win situation.
In Raiders we finally see him have to deal with a no-win situation.
On this planet, metapsychic operants may be in a no-win situation.
As he climbed into the aircar, he asked, Dont believe in no-win situations, huh?
Adams gazed out at the thunderheads, his sense a no-win struggle between the logic of the situation and his desire to protect his people.