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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Broken bodies on battle fields lie, Sightless eyes don't see, The pain and grief the gun has caused, The empty victory.
Some solid performances all round from the lads, but against a Bradford side with little to offer in the way of resistance, this was perhaps an empty victory.
That will be a rather empty victory, however, if federal immigration, intelligence, and law enforcement officials do not follow up with an intensive investigation into the vast terrorist support network within this country, of which Al-Arian's USF band appears to be a significant part.