snatch defeat from the jaws of victory

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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.
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Cllr David Skinner, Westwood Ward Snatched defeat from jaws of victory WATCHING the final of the 50 Overs World championship I realised that New Zealand cricketers had taken upon themselves that which has become traditionally the prerogative of the English, ie they snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.
'Afghanistan snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. Their poor fielding, drop catches and inexperienced approach cost them the match, otherwise they were on course for a historic victory, first against Indians and last night against Pakistan,' he added.
And again in the game against KXIP, they lost 7 wickets for just 8 runs and snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.
The England international's failure to ground the ball for a late try after blowing a kiss and touching the badge on his jersey, snatched defeat from the jaws of victory against Toulouse.
Mrs May has snatched defeat from the jaws of victory - unless she intended to deliver Remain all along.
LANCASHIRE snatched defeat from the jaws of victory as their hopes of qualifying for the quarter-finals of the Vitality Blast took a knock last night.
"We snatched defeat from the jaws of victory and it was very disappointing.
VVMONDAY Club snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in the 1m2f seller at Leicester.
The Scottish star snatched defeat from the jaws of victory as he crashed 6-5 to Kim Huybrechts.
BEES snatched defeat from the jaws of victory as Chester clinched a dramatic win with the last move of the match.
BRISTOL...................31 PONTYPRIDD..........26 PONTYPRIDD'S British and Irish Cup hopes are hanging by a thread after they snatched defeat from the jaws of victory against Bristol at Ashton Gate yesterday.
SHERE BORO snatched defeat from the jaws of victory the last time Barnsley visited the Riverside.
But leaders Stockton snatched defeat from the jaws of victory at Tynemouth, so tomorrow's game on Teesside between the pair is a chance for the Denton Bank boys.
Argentina captain Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe admitted his side was taught a harsh lesson on playing to the final whistle after the Pumas snatched defeat from the jaws of victory against the Wallabies