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Unsuccessful person or thing - thesaurus

Synonyms

lost cause

noun

someone or something that will never succeed or improve

also-ran

noun

someone who is not successful, especially someone who loses an election or competition

lame duck

noun

someone who is not successful and needs a lot of help and support

failure

noun

someone or something that has not achieved success

non-starter

noun

a person or an idea that has no chance of succeeding

loser

noun

informal someone who has never been successful and is never likely to be

a spent force

someone or something that does not have the influence that they had in the past

dead duck

noun

informal something that will certainly fail

quitter

noun

informal someone who is likely to stop trying if they have problems or are not successful immediately

second best

noun

someone or something that is not what you wanted or is not as good as others

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a house built on sand

an idea or plan that is not very sensible and is likely to fail

busted flush

noun

Britishmainly journalism if a person or organization is a busted flush, they no longer have any power or influence

car crash

noun

something that is completely unsuccessful

clunker

noun

Americaninformal something that is completely unsuccessful

disaster

noun

something that is annoying or a failure, but is not really very bad

fuck-up

noun

offensive an extremely offensive word for someone who often makes serious mistakes or fails completely

lossmaker

noun

British a business, organization, or industry that does not make a profit

pie in the sky

a plan, hope, idea, or suggestion that will never happen

second best

noun

someone or something that comes directly after the best in order of achievement or quality

underachiever

noun

someone who is not as successful as they could be at work, school etc

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hygge

a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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sofar

a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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