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  1. no-win situation(noun)

    a situation in which a favorable outcome is impossible; you are bound to lose whatever you do

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  1. no-win situation(Noun)

    Any situation that is certain to end in failure or in which any favourable outcome is impossible.

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  1. No-win situation

    A no-win situation, also called a "lose-lose" situation, is one where a person has choices, but no choice leads to a net gain. For example, if an executioner offers the condemned the choice of dying by being hanged, shot, or poisoned, since all choices lead to death, the condemned is in a no-win situation. This bleak situation gives the chooser little room: whatever choice is made, the person making it will lose their life. Less drastic situations might also be considered no-win situations: if one has a choice for lunch between a ham sandwich and a roast beef sandwich, but is a vegetarian or has a wheat allergy, that might be considered a no-win situation.


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