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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
no-win
adjective
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a no-win situation (=one in which there will be a bad result whatever happens)
▪ It’s a no-win situation.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ NOUN
situation
▪ The team, certainly against the less-powerful nations, were almost in a no-win situation.
▪ I don't want to say a no-win situation, but close.
▪ Often bosses ignore workers or give them the silent treatment - a negative, no-win situation for all concerned.
▪ Whatever he said, he was in a no-win situation.
▪ The human and political fallout from the earlier mass departure left Clinton in a no-win situation.
▪ This puts women in a no-win situation.
▪ It was simply the clearest demonstration yet of the no-win situation Rudy Tomjanovich and his U.S. team find themselves in.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ For management, these are no-win controversies.
▪ I don't want to say a no-win situation, but close.
▪ In fact, the nationalists were prisoners of a historical situation that inevitably made modernity a no-win choice.
▪ Often bosses ignore workers or give them the silent treatment - a negative, no-win situation for all concerned.
▪ Recast and streamlined for the current season, it is languishing in a no-win time slot on Thursdays.
▪ The human and political fallout from the earlier mass departure left Clinton in a no-win situation.
▪ The team, certainly against the less-powerful nations, were almost in a no-win situation.
▪ Whatever he said, he was in a no-win situation.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
no-win

1962, in reference to a situation where victory is impossible, from no + win.

Wiktionary
no-win

a. Bound to end in failure

WordNet
no-win

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.