This page is about the idiom zero-sum game
A zero-sum game is a situation in which any gain by one side or person is at the expense of a loss to another side or person involved in the situation.
- The stock market has become a giant zero-sum game in which one investor gains what another investor loses.
- In a zero-sun game, if you add the total gains of the participants and the total losses of the participants, the sum will always be zero.
Origin: From game theory, a branch of applied mathematics that is used in the social sciences, especially economics.
This idiom is typically used in American English but may be used in other varieties of English too.
In a zero-sum game, any gains made by one player will
Contributor: Matt Errey