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Pyrrhic victory

A victory that is not worth achieving because of the excessive toll it takes on the victor. Winning the lawsuit was a Pyrrhic victory, since it cost us everything we had.
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a Pyrrhic victory

a victory that is not worth winning because you have suffered so much to achieve it Winning the case may well prove to be a Pyrrhic victory as the award will not even cover their legal fees.
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Pyrrhic victory

A victory that is offset by staggering losses, as in The campaign was so divisive that even though he won the election it was a Pyrrhic victory . This expression alludes to Kind Pyrrhus of Epirus, who defeated the Romans at Asculum in b.c. 279, but lost his best officers and many of his troops. Pyrrhus then said: "Another such victory and we are lost." In English the term was first recorded (used figuratively) in 1879.
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An agreement with Iran on uranium enrichment and IAEA inspectors monitoring the Fordo underground nuclear facility near Qom could turn out to be a Pyrrhic victory from the perspective of Israeli deterrence as well.
He was one of just 55 to survive a Pyrrhic victory that began with 239 men.
This is the first and only work that, basing its conclusions on a multitude of documents and witnesses' testimony, provides an answer to the question: How could Israeli politicians turn a brilliant military success of the Six-Day War into a Pyrrhic victory?
It's a Pyrrhic, bittersweet victory," said Miriam Siegman, 65, of New York City.
The consequences of this legislation also have implications for non-smokers for whom this victory has been somewhat pyrrhic.
While John Cross proclaims a pyrrhic victory, in reality the European Commission have recognised that there are people in Britain who want to continue using imperial measurement but what practical advantage is to be derived from it is hard to tell.
We are not quixotic idealists who are looking for pyrrhic victories to prove a point.
So credit to Muller for securing a price increase, but ultimately it looks like a pyrrhic victory.
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Blatter said: "The decision is very damaging for football and a Pyrrhic victory for those players and their agents, who toy with the idea of rescinding contracts before they have been fulfilled.
I disagree with what Lt Col Donald Rehkopf says in his article "Reply to 'Maj Gen William "Billy" Mitchell: A pyrrhic promotion'" (Fall 2007).
Yet if the Government finally resorts to banning private firework displays then what a pyrrhic victory the perpetrators will have achieved.
Pyrrhic Victory: French Strategy and Operations in the Great War, by Robert A Doughty.
Pyrrhic Victory restores the French army to its legitimate position at the focus of World War I.