fight a losing battle


fight a losing battle
be fated to fail in one's efforts

he was fighting a losing battle to stem the tears

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fight a ˌlosing ˈbattle f30 idiom
to try to do sth that you will probably never succeed in doing

I'm fighting a losing battle against the mess in this house!

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Useful english dictionary. 2012.