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[noh-win] /ˈnoʊˈwɪn/

adjective, Informal.
denoting a condition in which one cannot benefit, succeed, or win:
a no-win situation; a no-win war.
offering no possibility of a favourable outcome (esp in the phrase a no-win situation)

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


Impossible to win; hopeless: This tax business is a no-win situation/ Furious Volley in a No-Win Match


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