In Zim slang "kubatirwa pena" means your attempts at accomplishing something in retaliation or a rebuttal towards someone have been completely thwarted.

The only thing you can do from there is either you spin the story so that you can bounce back. Or you can just count your losses and let it be a lesson learned.

Note: 'pena' is a Shona word which means "penalty," so you can kinda imagine a scenario where a soccer goalkeeper saves a winning penalty—this is where this slang phrase is derived from.
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