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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.
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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 perseverence 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

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.
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In order for a taking to be Robbery By Sudden Snatching, it is not necessary that the person robbed be the actual owner of the property.
The report said he has visited 69 mainland cities in the past three years, snatching cigarettes from smokers, and his travels have left him in heavy debt.
Scumbag Patrick started snatching phones after a friend told him about the scam.
Akira Yamasaki, a 36-year-old resident of Osaka-Sayama, has confessed to snatching about 400 bags in the year or so to his arrest, the sources said.
According to details, IGP Islamabad Tahir Alam Khan directed all police officials to ensure effective measures to curb crime especially car lifting and snatching incidents.
I had briefed minister about the progress so far made in the vehicle snatching, who did not identify any of the accused in the case.
The offence of snatching and snatching with hurt or wrongful restraint or fear of hurt will now be a non- bailable offence in the state.
He said these men, all Afghans, were arrested for snatching bags from victims they targeted at gold centres, shopping malls and banks.
Last Thursday three armed raiders struck at Belmont Post Office on the outskirts of Durham, snatching pounds 40,000 from a safe.
In Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture, meanwhile, the police said they arrested a 20-year-old man on Tuesday on suspicion of snatching a handbag from a woman on a bicycle.
STEVENSON RANCH - On the surface, it was a garden-variety purse snatching.
Of late, robbery, theft, dacoity and bike lifting / snatching incidents in the area have increased.
They also confessed to commit dacoity at AlBasit traders, Murree Road Bhara Kau on October 21, 2014 and snatching valuables and cash from those present in the shop at that time.
Summary: SHARJAH -- A 45-year-old African was hit by a speeding car while he was trying to escape after snatching the bag of a scribe who was entering his office.
HAFIZABAD -- Incidents of dacoity and bike snatching have been increased in the area during this week.