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synonyms for lost causes

  • bootless errand
  • fool's errand
  • lost cause
  • merry chase
  • red herring
  • snipe hunt
  • vain attempt
  • waste of time
  • wasted effort
  • wasted labor
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How to use lost causes in a sentence

Whether advocates and orators had liberty to plead in causes, manifestly known to be unjust, vexatious, or oppressive?
GULLIVER'S TRAVELSJONATHAN SWIFT
The patache was never seen again, and there is not much doubt that it was lost with all hands on board.
THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS, 1493-1898, VOLUME XX, 1621-1624VARIOUS
This vessel, loaded with supplies, went ashore and was lost; and one hundred and twenty Japanese and three Dutchmen were drowned.
THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS, 1493-1898, VOLUME XX, 1621-1624VARIOUS
They held the compound against repeated assaults, and lost several men in hand-to-hand fighting.
THE RED YEARLOUIS TRACY
How much of the imagination, how much of the intellect, evaporates and is lost while we seek to embody it in words!
PEARLS OF THOUGHTMATURIN M. BALLOU
Kum Kale has been a brilliant bit of work, though I fear we have lost nearly a quarter of our effectives.
GALLIPOLI DIARY, VOLUME IIAN HAMILTON
We do not know here what became of her, whether she was lost or arrived safely in Nueva España.
THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS, 1493-1898, VOLUME XX, 1621-1624VARIOUS
Rich natives and Chinese lost large sums of money, the total of which cannot be ascertained.
THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDSJOHN FOREMAN
The “Compañia General de Tabacos” lost about ₱30,000 in cash in addition to the damage done to their offices and property.
THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDSJOHN FOREMAN
If any one has lost his temper, as well as his money, he takes good care not to show it; to do so here would be indeed bad form.
THE PIT TOWN CORONET, VOLUME I (OF 3)CHARLES JAMES WILLS
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