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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When bombings occur in places like Bali and Riyadh, Miniter says they're Pyrrhic victories for the terrorists.
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His occasionally Pyrrhic victories meant that for every fifteen grenadiers joining up at the start of the Seven Years' War only one was alive at the end of it.