winner take all

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winner take all

A competition in which the victor is granted all possible benefits, accolades, prizes, etc. Hyphenated if used before a noun as a modifier. How about one last round of darts, winner take all? My sister and I used to bet our Halloween candy on our report card grades, winner take all. The tournament concludes with a winner-take-all round between the four finalists.
See also: all, take, winner

winner take all

a situation where the one who defeats others takes all the spoils of the conflict. The contest was a case of winner take all. There was no second place or runner-up.
See also: all, take, winner