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 most adept club at snatching defeat from the jaws of victory ( although this time, local rivals Sunderland may have been the cause of some of the trouble.
The danger for Tommy, and I don't know if he realises this, is that he could be snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.
Unsurprisingly, after snatching defeat from the jaws of victory for the second time in a week - just as they had done at Everton seven days previously - there were strong words from Allardyce who labelled his players' defending as ``pathetic'' and ``diabolical.
Unsurprisingly, after snatching defeat from the jaws of victory for the second time in a week there were strong words from Allardyce who labelled the defending of his players as ``pathetic'' and ``diabolical.
With Robbo snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, Tipsy Mouse dug deep to land the Ashleybank Investments Scottish Borders National at Kelso yesterday.
WE'RE great at snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, aren't we?
Nasser Hussain, Paul Collingwood and Ashley Giles troop off the field in Port Elizabeth after snatching defeat from the jaws of victory against Australia
And although Brown tried to portray the deal as a way of getting France to lift its ban more quickly, he was immediately accused of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory by the opposition parties.
Bush showed a capacity for snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, and turmoil from what truly might have been a new order.
Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, watched by sellout crowds in Ontario, must still be preying on Weir's mind as he has finished in the top ten only three times since and has sped down the world rankings at a rate of knots.
It's an euphemism for snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.
EDDIE Ahern executed a perfect race-winning move before almost snatching defeat from the jaws of victory aboard Beauchamp Pilot in the Churchill Stakes, writes Lee Mottershead.
Runner Up due to his tendency to finish second and he was at it again in the European Open last Sunday - somehow snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.
TENNIS babe Anna Kournikova could still smile last night despite snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.
STEVE DAVIS slumped out of the Benson & Hedges Masters last night - snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.