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to the victor go the spoils

The winner is entitled to all of the rewards, bonuses, or benefits of success. (Also written as "To the victor belong the spoils.") John won the betting pool, so he gets the whole pot of money from those who paid in. To the victor go the spoils! A lot of other contestants on the singing competition are well worthy of signing a record deal, but to the victor go the spoils!
See also: spoil, victor

to the victor belong the spoils

The winner is entitled to all of the rewards, bonuses, or benefits of success. (A variation of "to the victor go the spoils.") John won the betting pool, so he gets the whole pot of money from those who paid in. To the victor belong the spoils! A lot of other contestants on the singing competition are well worthy of signing a record deal, but to the victor belong the spoils.
See also: belong, spoil, victor

To the victors belong the spoils.

Prov. The winners achieve power over people and property. The mayor took office and immediately fired many workers and hired new ones. Everyone said, "To the victors belong the spoils."
See also: belong, spoil, victor

to the victor belong the spoils

The winner gets everything, as in He not only won the tournament but ended up with numerous lucrative endorsements-to the victor belong the spoils . This expression alludes to the spoils system of American politics, whereby the winner of an election gives desirable jobs to party supporters. [First half of 1800s]
See also: belong, spoil, victor

to the victor, the spoils

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to the victor go the spoils

People say to the victor, the spoils or to the victor go the spoils to mean that the person who wins a competition, fight, etc. can take everything of value. He believed in the principle of to the victor, the spoils.
See also: spoil
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Victor was kneeling beside his dead mastiff, bent over it, embracing its bull-like neck, and lost in a passion of the wildest woe: he saw me.
Frances gives this something in her son's marked character no name; but when it appears in the grinding of his teeth, in the glittering of his eye, in the fierce revolt of feeling against disappointment, mischance, sudden sorrow, or supposed injustice, she folds him to her breast, or takes him to walk with her alone in the wood; then she reasons with him like any philosopher, and to reason Victor is ever accessible; then she looks at him with eyes of love, and by love Victor can be infallibly subjugated; but will reason or love be the weapons with which in future the world will meet his violence?
Victor looks well just now, for he listens with a sort of smiling interest; he never looks so like his mother as when he smiles --pity the sunshine breaks out so rarely
Now, Kim,' continued Father Victor, 'no one is going to hurt you.
was all that Father Victor could say, as Bennett marched off, with a firm hand on Kim's shoulder.
Bennett was staring uneasily at Father Victor, and Kim, for his own ends, took upon himself the office of interpreter.
The man dodged and ducked, and Victor broke all the knuckles of both his fists against the huge links of the anchor chain.
But Axel and I wanted to see more of shore, and away we went, leaving Victor snoring.
Still howling, disdaining doorways, with blood-shot eyes and wildly waving muscular arms, Victor burst upon us through the fragile walls.
At this festival the magnificence displayed was such as had not been known in the little German place since the days of the prodigal Victor XIV.
Write, dearest Victor, -- one line--one word will be a blessing to us.
Victor Haldin was still with the living, but with the living whose only contact with life is the expectation of death.
Mother imagines that I am the slavish echo of my brother Victor.
I believe that it will not be difficult for me to make friends with your brother Victor.
They were victors, masters of life, but at the same time absorbed in the flame, giving their life to increase its brightness, to testify to their faith.
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