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lost causenoun [C]

us   /ˈlɔst ˈkɔz/
something that cannot be achieved: It rained all weekend, so painting the house was a lost cause.
(Definition of lost cause from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “lost cause”
in Chinese (Simplified) 没有希望的人(或事)…
in Chinese (Traditional) 沒有希望的人(或事)…
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