snatch victory from the jaws of defeat

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.
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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.
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Similar to their Twickenham exploits, Wales were chasing a score that would see them snatch victory from the jaws of defeat in the final play.
My selection travelled with ease before overcoming trouble in running to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat here a fortnight ago, and is fancied to cope with the step back distance and leap up in grade.
WELSH golfer Bradley Dredge enjoyed the biggest pay day of his career after tournament host Rory McIlroy produced a sensational finish to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat and win the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open for the first time at The K Club.
With title rivals Darlington recording an eighth straight win, Wade was delighted to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.
The speedy Dutch slinger won five legs in a row and hit 13 maximums to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.
But goals from Ritchie De Laet, whose effort was given with the aid of goal-line technology, Jamie Vardy and substitute Dyer, making his debut following his loan arrival from Swansea, saw Claudio Ranieri's men snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.
MAS came from 4-2 down against The Reunion to level at 4-4 thanks to goals from Gary Clark, Paul Sambaker, Sam Morgan and Paul Smith only for Gary Clark to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat with the winner and a place in the semis.
By this time a delighted Truman, who had never lost confidence in his own ability to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, realised he had indeed pulled it off.
SWEET HOME - Blake Dawson helped the North Eugene boys basketball team snatch victory from the jaws of defeat Thursday.
Fly half Williams, returning after missing four months out with a shoulder injury, notched up 19 of his side's points, including two penalties at the death to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.
With Carter needing just one frame his fellow Englishman staged an incredible fightback to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat with the final five frames.
Hurdles record 5 runs 3 wins Highest RPR over hurdles 155 Highest Topspeed over hurdles 155 Best price for Arkle 7-1 general Buzz factor among punters 8 out of 10 Bobs Worth There was something eminently likeable about the way this prolific winner - beaten just once in seven starts - somehow managed to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat on his chasing bow at Newbury.
28 CALDY suffered a disappointing loss away to Bromsgrove with the home side scoring in the last minute of the game to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, with a final score line of 30 points to 28.
It looked as though Lee Colkin's battlers were set to earn themselves a welcome win as they went into the last ten minutes with a narrow 2-1 advantage but yet again Lady Luck deserted them as The Bash scored twice to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat and consolidate their place among the pacesetters.
During a series which has since been dubbed 'Botham's Ashes', Beefy's incredible bowling spell of five wickets for a solitary run helped England to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat and put the hosts 2-1 up with two Tests remaining.