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admit defeat

To yield to the opposition or accept that one is wrong in some pursuit. Well, I ran a good campaign, but it is time I admitted defeat in this election.
See also: admit, defeat

snatch defeat from the jaws of victory

To fail, lose, or be defeated despite the appearance that one would be victorious, especially due to a mistake, error, or poor judgment. (An ironic reversal of the more common "snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.") We were ahead by nearly 20 points with less than half the quarter remaining—how on earth did we manage to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory like that? The candidate has led in the polls right up to election day, but with that unfortunate remark last night, he may well have snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.
See also: defeat, jaw, of, snatch, victory

snatch victory from the jaws of defeat

To win, succeed, or be victorious at the last moment, despite the apparent likelihood of failure or defeat. They were down by nearly 20 points with less than half of the last quarter remaining, but through sheer skill and perseverance they managed to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. The candidate has been behind in the polls right up to election day, but with that unfortunate remark by his opponent last night, he may end up snatching victory from the jaws of defeat.
See also: defeat, jaw, of, snatch, victory

the jaws of (something)

Something, especially something unpleasant or undesirable, that very nearly comes to pass. Used especially after "snatch from." The drowning fishermen were snatched from the jaws of death by a passing cruise ship. They were down by nearly 20 points with less than half of the last quarter remaining, but through sheer skill and perseverance they managed to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.
See also: jaw, of

go down in defeat

 and go down to defeat
Fig. to submit to defeat; to be defeated. The team went down in defeat again. She fears going down in defeat.
See also: defeat, down

snatch victory from the jaws of defeat

Cliché to win at the last moment. At the last moment, the team snatched victory from the jaws of defeat with a last-second full-court basket.
See also: defeat, jaw, of, snatch, victory

the jaws of ˈdeath, deˈfeat, etc.

(literary) used to describe an unpleasant situation that almost happens: The team snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.
See also: jaw, of
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The study of the Ottoman defeat in the Balkans contributes to this literature and reveals parallels in the psychology and culture of post-defeat societies.
The run this time saw only one 4-0 defeat - at the hands of Everton - with the Magpies having conceded 15 and scored two, marginally better than Pardew's spell.
It isn't the type of defeat that leaves you with the taste of a difficult thing to accept because you didn't deserve to lose and you lost.
What we can do is minimise the prospects of defeat and maximise those of victory.
But the last 42 years have taught conservatives a simple lesson: If defeat comes because you stand firm for what you believe, and if you learn lessons that will help you win in the future, a defeat can hold the seeds of a hundred victories.
The IED industry forum comes days after DoD gave permanent status to the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Task Force and represents another step in the ongoing counter-IED effort.
Detroit's downfall is the inevitable result of a culture of defeat, one that does not accept the virtue of its cause or the positive aspects of its traditions.
I figure that a "Committee to Defeat Dennis Hastert" could be just as effective in respect to the CAFTA vote.
The defeat of the charter school initiative shows that residents don't want attention diverted from the needs of public schools, say some educators there.
Triumph & Defeat: The Vicksburg Campaign by civil war expert Terrence Winschel (Chief Historian of Vicksburg National Military Park) offers ten chapters detailing every major aspect of what is widely considered to be the key watershed battle that sealed the ultimate defeat of the Confederacy at the hands of Union forces.
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2) While Akiyama's interpretation contrasted sharply with most early postwar accounts and later historical writings, his equating of the black market with the turning point of defeat anticipated a position that has become enshrined in the mainstream narrative of postwar Japanese history.
The measure was heavily supported by religious right activists, but a well-organized "Oregon No on 9 Campaign" ensured the initiative's defeat by over 30,000 votes.
Critics claim he trotted out the same old faces for the challenge against Australia midweek which ended in a shameful, 2-0 defeat.