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English definition of “be on a hiding to nothing”

be on a hiding to nothing

UK informal
to be trying to do something when there is no chance that you will succeedNot hopefulUnachievable
(Definition of be on a hiding to nothing from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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