adjective Date: 1962 not likely to give victory, success, or satisfaction ; that cannot be won <
a no-win situation
a no-win war

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • no-win — /noh win /, adj. Informal. denoting a condition in which one cannot benefit, succeed, or win: a no win situation; a no win war. [1960 65] * * * …   Universalium

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