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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Commenting on Erdogan's pyrrhic victory in the referendum, The Guardian Weekly in its issue of April 21 remarked "The narrow victory for the 'yes' campaign will come as a disappointment for Turkey's leadership, which had hoped for a decisive mandate for a plan that could see Erdogan remain in power until 2029.
Sweden, March 29 -- For several reasons, the UNHRC adoption of the resolution against Sri Lanka is a pyrrhic victory for those who voted for it.
Syed Tausief AusafIt's time for the authors of the 2001 Afghan invasion to eat crow as their pyrrhic victory is turning into humiliating defeat after a 13-year battle that sent home 1,788 Americans in boxes and created hundreds of thousands of orphans and widows in the world's poorest country.
The WTO concession "was no victory for farmers, and a pyrrhic victory for the government at best," writes Nayan Chanda, editor in chief of YaleGlobal, for Businessworld.
Could last Tuesday's stunning triumph come to represent a Pyrrhic victory, so costly it exceeds its worth?
To opt for control of a low income tax take but risk losing Barnett and other funding from Westminster would be a Pyrrhic victory.
He is expected to lead the PD into a coalition with Silvio Berlusconi's conservatives and centrists led by outgoing premier Mario Monti - an outcome his party had resisted with all his might since a pyrrhic victory in February elections left it short of a clear parliamentary majority.
Yet as they make their ways toward their programmed goal, even successfully completing the game starts to seem like a Pyrrhic victory, as it means the end of their virtual existence--"like being paused forever.
The decades-long battle between communism and capitalism--essentially two different ways of organizing the economy that became spiritually motivating raisons d'etres for large segments of the world--ended in a pyrrhic victory for capitalists.
It's a Pyrrhic victory if you pull costs out and your patients are unhappy and your staff are unhappy.
Shadow defence secretary Jim Murphy said: In Wales there is a pyrrhic victory in saving a cap badge but losing 600 people.
WHEN COLOMBIA'S CONSTITUTIONAL Court ruled in 2011 in favor of a 12-year-old girl who sought an abortion because her life and health were in danger, it was a pyrrhic victory.