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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"This Pyrrhic victory may be a victory, but at what cost?
'It looks as though the Home Secretary has sold control of our immigration policy to the French in order to close Sangatte, and I've always said that is likely to be a pyrrhic victory.'
So often it is not even a Pyrrhic victory. It is a Pyrrhic defeat.
"We hope that this pyrrhic victory will turn into a sound defeat despite the pressure exerted on congressmen," Rodriguez said.
Now it seems likely that the firm has indeed triumphed over the likes of Virgin and Danish state railways, we hope we are not popping our champagne corks to celebrate a Pyrrhic victory.
IT will be little more than a pyrrhic victory, but France ought to retain the Confederations Cup in St Etienne this evening.
AFTER years of campaigning in this column for the removal of BT's appalling chief executive, Peter Bonfield, this week's news that he'll finally be resigning in January was something of a Pyrrhic victory. Why?
It was finished with the June 2003 deal that could best be described as a Pyrrhic victory. The Fire Brigades Union won a pay rise smaller than they had demanded and with strings attached on modernisation ( one of which has both sides freshly tied in knots.
Costa and Hewitt have twice met on the slow stuff this year with the Aussie claiming a pyrrhic victory in the World Team Cup when his opponent retired injured.
Winning next year knowing United weren't there will be a pyrrhic victory.
Anything less than a two-goal defeat, while doing absolutely nothing for Wales' prospects of qualifying for Euro 2000, could probably be hailed as a Pyrrhic victory such is the gulf in class
If the wafer-thin majority over top-up fees was not quite the "utter humiliation" depicted by the Tories, it cannot be seen as anything other than a pyrrhic victory.