mug's game
noun Date: 1910 a profitless or futile activity

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • mug's game — noun A foolish, profitless, or hopeless undertaking. The sheer destructiveness of nuclear weapons makes the quest for defenses a mugs game …   Wiktionary

  • mug's game — a foolish, useless, or ill advised venture. [1905 10] * * * …   Universalium

  • mug's game —  Activity or undertaking which is foolish and unlikely to be successful or profitable …   A concise dictionary of English slang

  • a mug's game — Something only fools would do • • • Main Entry: ↑mug * * * informal an activity in which it is foolish to engage because it is likely to be unsuccessful or dangerous playing with drugs is a mug s game …   Useful english dictionary

  • (a) mug's game — a mug’s game informal phrase used for saying that something is stupid or dangerous and you should not get involved in it Thesaurus: stupid ideas or behavioursynonym Main entry: mug * * * a ˈmug s game idiom ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • a mug's game — ► a mug s game informal an activity likely to be unsuccessful or dangerous. Main Entry: ↑mug …   English terms dictionary

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