Pyrrhic victory

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Pyrrhic victory

a too costly victory; “Another such victory and we are lost.” [Rom. Hist.: “Asculum I” in Eggenburger, 30–31]
See: Defeat
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"The latest move to give the CNDH greater autonomy will be an empty victory unless the commission receives greater powers to investigate labor, electoral, and cross- jurisdictional violations," said the Red Nacional de Organismos Civiles de Derechos Humanos.
Buying a home will be an empty victory if it is not a sound investment.
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana apologized on Friday for describing as an 'empty victory' the historic 2016 ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague that favored the Philippines' claims in the West Philippine Sea.
The defense secretary earlier said that the Philippines' winning the arbitral ruling is an "empty victory" because the Chinese won't leave our EEZ (Exclusive Economic Zone) and it continues to assert its historical rights over the areas within the nine-dash line.
At the end of World War II, Gandhi believed the atomic bomb had brought the allies "an empty victory" and questioned where it would lead.
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Thursday apologized for his heavily-criticized 'empty victory' remark on the Philippines' historic win against China in the Permanent Court of Arbitration.
Beating Germany 5-1 in Munich was glorious beyond belief at the time, but an ultimately empty victory given the two countries' relative success in the World Cup Finals.
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana erred when he played down as 'empty victory' the Philippines' historic legal win against China in the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio said on Tuesday.
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Monday described as an 'empty victory' the ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in 2016 favoring the Philippines' claims in the South China Sea.