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The meaning of "on a hiding to nothing"

" On a hiding to nothing "
Faced with a hopeless situation, even after making one's best efforts.
We knew that our trip to Australia was a hiding to nothing. We had to play with jet lag and they had a much stronger team anyway.
Where did it originate?:
Britain, early 1900s.
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