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English definition of “no-win”


adjective [before noun]     /ˌnəʊˈwɪn/ US  /ˌnoʊ-/ informal
describes a set of conditions in which whatever happens there will be an unhappy and unsuccessful result : to be in a no-win situation Unsuccessful (people and things)
(Definition of no-win adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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