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admit defeat

To yield to the opposition or accept that one is wrong in some pursuit. Well, I ran a good campaign, but it is time I admitted defeat in this election.
See also: admit, defeat

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

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 perseverance 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

the jaws of (something)

Something, especially something unpleasant or undesirable, that very nearly comes to pass. Used especially after "snatch from." The drowning fishermen were snatched from the jaws of death by a passing cruise ship. They were down by nearly 20 points with less than half of the last quarter remaining, but through sheer skill and perseverance they managed to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.
See also: jaw, of

go down in defeat

 and go down to defeat
Fig. to submit to defeat; to be defeated. The team went down in defeat again. She fears going down in defeat.
See also: defeat, down

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.
See also: defeat, jaw, of, snatch, victory

the jaws of ˈdeath, deˈfeat, etc.

(literary) used to describe an unpleasant situation that almost happens: The team snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.
See also: jaw, of
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Skeeter Defeater will retain its name and will continue to be sold at well-known brick and mortar and online retail outlets, like Ace Hardware, Amazon.
expresa que, sea cual sea el color C de la tarjeta T, es correcto que la tarjeta T es de color C, salvo que haya un defeater que descarte este supuesto.
without an internalist defense of CE, versus the Reformed Epistemologist's externalist defence of CE, mutually exclusive religious beliefs with respect to CE do serve as defeaters for CE.
C3: The evolutionary naturalist has an undefeatable defeater for R.
An indirect defense to such a challenge could involve challenging the acceptability of the defeater (Pollack, 1987; Rescher, 1977, p.
lt;A,h>], is recursively defined as follows: (1) A single node containing an argument <A,h> with no defeaters is by itself a dialectical tree for <A, h>.
Saying that perception, for example, provides prima facie grounds for belief, grounds which are quite adequate in themselves but which may be overridden by some subsequent defeater, doesn't tell us when we are justified in supposing that there are no (undefeated) defeaters.
Griffiths then endeavored to show that B1 is false, with the modest goal of removing a potential defeater of C1-C3.
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This example surprised me, for many people take "known cause" as a defeater of "luck" and Levy is surprised that at least one reviewer didn't agree.
That argument is meant to serve as a defeater of the presumptive warrant that even debunkers grant to many moral beliefs.
The fact that its rejection can be derived from scholarly work that assumed a different "evidence base" from the Christian evidence base is no defeater for such a belief.
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And after being a special guest at Munster's defeat of Australia on Tuesday, Big Bang is now dreaming of beating Bernard Dunne defeater in front of a packed Thomond Park.