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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.
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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

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
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Fortunately, enough legislators agreed, as the measure was defeated 294 to 171.
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Earlier in the match of the evening, Iran defeated Vietnam 10-7, 7-3.
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10 UCLA 3, Tennesse Tech 0: Kaitlin Sather had a match-high 18 digs and 12 kills as UCLA defeated Tennessee Tech 30-18, 30-18, 30-20 in the Cincinnati Tournament.
Pablo defeated Old Transporter 3-2 with goals from Mulhearn, Doyle, and Thomas.