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Hasheem Thabeet led Connecticut with 17 points in a losing cause.
Do 'a losing cause' and 'a lost cause' mean the same thing?
Thank you in advance.
"in a losing cause" is one way of saying that Connecticut lost the game.
"a lost cause" is something that has no realistic chance of success.
Connecticut's hope of winning the game was a lost cause even before the game started. Not only did XYZ easily win the three previous games between the two teams this season, but Connecticut's two best players were out with injuries.
Convincing John to quit smoking is a lost cause.
Last edited by 2006; 18-Apr-2009 at 05:06.