hopeless case


hopeless case
/ˌhoʊpləs ˈkeɪs/ (say .hohpluhs 'kays)

noun
1. a situation affording no hope; a desperate situation.
2. a stupid or incompetent person.

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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