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Defeat

Appomattox Courthouse
scene of Lee’s surrender to Grant (1865). [Am. Hist.: Jameson, 22]
Armada, Spanish
defeat by English fleet marked Spain’s decline and England’s rise as a world power (1588). [Eur. Hist.: EB, 1: 521–522]
Austerlitz
defeat of Austro-Russian coalition by Napoleon (1805). [Fr. Hist.: Harbottle Battles, 23–24]
Bataan
Philippine peninsula where U.S. troops surrendered to Japanese (1942). [Am. Hist.: NCE, 245]
Battle of the Boyne
sealed Ireland’s fate as England’s vassal state (1690). [Br. Hist.: Harbottle Battles, 39]
Battle of the Bulge
final, futile German WWII offensive (1944–1945). [Eur. Hist.: Hitler, 1148–1153, 1154–1155]
Caudine Forks
mountain pass where Romans were humiliatingly defeated by the Samnites. [Rom. Hist.: Brewer Dictionary, 186]
Culloden
consolidated English supremacy; broke clan system (1746). [Br. Hist.: Harbottle Battles, 70]
Dien Bien Phu
Vietminh rout of French paved way for partition of Vietnam (1954). [Fr. Hist.: Van Doren, 541]
Gallipoli
poorly conceived and conducted battle ending in British disaster (1915). [Br. Hist.: Fuller, III, 240–261]
Little Bighorn
scene of General Ouster’s “last stand” (1876). [Am. Hist.: Van Doren, 274]
Pearl Harbor
Japan’s surprise attack destroys U.S. fleet (1941). [Am. Hist.: NCE, 2089]
Pyrrhic victory
a too costly victory; “Another such victory and we are lost.” [Rom. Hist.: “Asculum I” in Eggenburger, 30–31]
Salt River
up which losing political parties travel to oblivion. [Am. Slang: LLEI, I: 312]
Sedan
decisive German defeat of French (1870). [Fr. Hist.: Harbottle Battles, 225]
Stalingrad
German army succumbs to massive Soviet pincer movement (1942-1943). [Ger. Hist.: Fuller, III, 531–538]
Waterloo
British victory in Belgium signals end of Napoleon’s domination (1815). [Fr. Hist.: Harbottle Battles, 266]
white flag
a sign of surrender. [Western Folklore: Misc.]
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Levin reddened with vexation, not at being defeated, but at having failed to control himself and being drawn into argument.
How its extraordinary disappearance that night, made my advice useless, and utterly defeated the Hindoo plot--and how all further action on the part of the Indians was paralysed the next day by their confinement in prison as rogues and vagabonds--you know as well as I do.
Harthouse,' returned Sissy, with a blending of gentleness and steadiness that quite defeated him, and with a simple confidence in his being bound to do what she required, that held him at a singular disadvantage, 'the only reparation that remains with you, is to leave here immediately and finally.
Although the Riggs amendment was defeated, she adds, "We have to be cautious about any proclamations of victory because we know as we finish this one, they'll be back tomorrow.
The bill was obviously defeated, but the manner of its defeat - the comparatively low numbers involved - indicated that a new style of lobbying was at work.
Then in November, the House of Representatives narrowly defeated a $90-billion package of spending cuts proposed by Kasich and Rep.
Sulahian, the Olympic League runner-up, defeated Decker-Sadowski 6-4, 7-6 (5) to join Dos Pueblos of Goleta's Jordan Dockendorf, Peninsula of Rolling Hills Estates' Rika Tatsuno and South Pasadena's Marivick Valdeavilla as the singles players who advanced to compete Nov.
Keating noted that "a landmark tax limitation measure passed in Colorado, despite being defeated in three previous elections.
IAAPS successfully defeated multiple objective tank-fired threats recently at Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz.
Loranne Ausley defeated Libertarian Mitch Covington 82.
SPRINGFIELD - After his team defeated Westview on a last-second field goal, Springfield coach Dave Heuberger barely wanted to talk about the game.