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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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.
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.
Moreover, other leading building societies regard this as only a Pyrrhic victory, leaving Nationwide vulnerable to a predatory bid from a rival financial services group, such as Prudential, Halifax or Lloyds TSB.
Even though they didn't, it still was 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
But the $96,000 judgment the judge issued, after the company had spent millions in legal fees to defend its reputation, was a decidedly Pyrrhic victory.
But, to put that in context, two of those victories were against Vaduz, a 5-0 aggregate success that the boys from Liechtenstein were claiming as a pyrrhic victory.
Clinton can either go out a tragic hero of sorts or else he can score a pyrrhic victory colluding with the Republicans in their benighted ``welfare for the wealthy'' economic policies.
It would be hard to claim anything but a Pyrrhic victory in Iraq, and I'm glad to see that you agree with that assessment.
If he wins the nomination of a party that's splintered, then it's a Pyrrhic victory.
Of those, the Conservative candidate, who gained the seat, received only an extra 864 votes while the remainder were shared between UKIP 3,846, Labour 2,544 and Green 2,429 votes; nothing more than a pyrrhic victory.
A Pyrrhic victory for Papadopoulos: The Sunday Mail's editorial on the