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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

go down in defeat

To lose to an opponent. The team refused to go down in defeat and tied the score in the third period.
See also: defeat, down, go

go down to defeat

To lose to an opponent. The team refused to go down to defeat and tied the score in the third period.
See also: defeat, down, go

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, go

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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The author, studying the Balkan Wars, taps into the literature of the culture of defeat. The term was coined by Wolfgang Schivelbusch to refer to the defeats of the American South, France and Germany.
We've looked at the worst string of consecutive defeats and worryingly, with five league games left, in the worse case scenario the current crop of Newcastle players could beat the worst ever run.
Between December 1986 and January 1987, McFaul's Newcastle were dealt six straight First Division defeats. The run this time saw only one 4-0 defeat -- at the hands of Everton -- with the Magpies having conceded 15 and scored two, marginally better than Pardew's spell.
Residents in Washington, Nevada, Arkansas and Missouri also defeated initiatives that would have channeled more money to school districts.
It ended in an ignominious defeat for the U.S., not because America's fighting men failed.
They followed up by winning the Test series in Argentina, the first northern hemisphere team to do so, and in their first game at the new Millennium Stadium defeated then world champions South Africa.
Two constituted major defeats for equal rights for this segment of U.S.
Since taking interim charge of the national team for a 3-1 defeat by Italy in Rome, he has notched up a 65 game record of 30 wins, 15 draws and 20 defeats.
Despite this string of defeats, voucher advocates remain undeterred by their failure at the ballot box.
Per-call blocking defeats delivery of caller ID on a call-by-call basis; per-line blocking defeats caller ID on a specific outgoing telephone line.
One would assume that as a result of earlier defeats we would have acquired some immunity and at least would not suffer the same psychological and ideological symptoms of the first defeat.