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.
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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.