snatch defeat from the jaws of victory

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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
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The Scottish star snatched defeat from the jaws of victory as he crashed 6-5 to Kim Huybrechts.
BEES snatched defeat from the jaws of victory as Chester clinched a dramatic win with the last move of the match.
PONTYPRIDD'S British and Irish Cup hopes are hanging by a thread after they snatched defeat from the jaws of victory against Bristol at Ashton Gate yesterday.
SHERE BORO snatched defeat from the jaws of victory the last time Barnsley visited the Riverside.
But leaders Stockton snatched defeat from the jaws of victory at Tynemouth, so tomorrow's game on Teesside between the pair is a chance for the Denton Bank boys.
Argentina captain Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe admitted his side was taught a harsh lesson on playing to the final whistle after the Pumas snatched defeat from the jaws of victory against the Wallabies
The last half-hour was simply scintillating as the Bears, having appeared to have snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, came so close to snatching victory back.
24 WIDNES snatched defeat from the jaws of victory as they went down 26-24 to Halifax at The Shay.
3) Last year, United snatched defeat from the jaws of victory against Bayern Munich and will no doubt have been reminded of that loss by the Gaffer.
HE may have snatched defeat from the jaws of victory on more than one occasion, but Kennel Hill went some way to putting the record straight with a comfortable success under Tony McCoy in the 3m novice hurdle.
Robinson didn't hide his dis-appointment at how Scotland snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.
It might be a dead rubber as far as Australia have already sealed the three match series 2- 0, but for Pakistan it will be a matter of pride, especially after they snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in the second Test in Sydney.
Many a person has snatched defeat from the jaws of victory because they have given up too soon.
But to virtually have snatched defeat from the jaws of victory made it all the harder.