snatch defeat from the jaws of victory

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.
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OLD Rishworthians managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in an uninspiring 12-10 defeat at Leodiensians in Yorkshire II.
Y The irony of which was not lost on Edwards after watching his team snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
EASTENDERS (8pm BBC1) GOODNESS me, but Carol Jackson, pictured, really is the most infuriating woman in soap - the safe pair of hands you can always rely on to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
But the former Bangor boss, inset, was forced to watch through his fingers as his side conspired to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory with Michael Toland scoring the Hoops' winner in the third minute of injury time.
Yesterday, lowly Guimaraes rubbed salt in their gaping wounds as the Eagles managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory for a third time.
Europe remains the weakest link and eurozone politicians seem determined to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in their handling of the Cypriot debt crisis.
It was somehow fitting that the match was a rollercoaster, mirroring the journey Murray has taken to get here, as at one stage he looked poised to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
Yesterday'shi ghlights vvHaving backed Jack's Revenge for the opening 1m2'f handicap at Haydock it was infuriating to say the least to see him appear to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
The candidate's flaming rhetoric and out-of-touch comments on social issues ranging from contraception to separation of church and state helped him snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
Or snatch defeat from the jaws of victory against a very average Ipswich side - who admittedly have now improved, putting a run of wins together we can only dream of?
These decisions and a few uncharacteristic defensive lapses allowed Wrexham to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
SCARLETS coach Nigel Davies said he was extremely proud of his players despite watching them snatch defeat from the jaws of victory at home to Munster last night.
It is to the Arsenal manager's credit that, 45 minutes after watching his side snatch defeat from the jaws of victory at Old Trafford, he was able to laugh at himself, ruefully reflecting on the ludicrousness of it all.
England will be going over and over how they managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
A Ryan Adams gig wouldn't be interesting without an attempt to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, which the self-indulgent feedback fiesta Magnolia Mountain undoubtedly was.