snatch victory from the jaws of defeat

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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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2 MERTHYR snatched victory from the jaws of defeat with a bizarre penalty deep into injury-time converted by Ian Traylor.
John Anderson, from Doon, Co Limerick, couldn't believe his good ruck when Ireland snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.
KARACHI -- Pakistan succumbed to a fourth successive defeat at the hand of hosts New Zealand on Tuesday as returning all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme snatched victory from the jaws of defeat with a quick-fire 74 at Hamilton.
The prime minister snatched victory from the jaws of defeat in December by securing the EU27's agreement that "sufficient progress" has been reached to proceed to the next stage of negotiations.
Earlier, Petra Kvitova snatched victory from the jaws of defeat against Monica Niculescu to set up a quarter-final meeting with third seed Garbine Muguruza.
Next up for Djokovic in the quarter-finals will be American John Isner, who snatched victory from the jaws of defeat against Australian qualifier John Millman.
Two late Hamburg goals snatched victory from the jaws of defeat against Stuttgart.
The last meeting between the two sides produced a nailbiting finish in March 2014, where Wasps snatched victory from the jaws of defeat as Andy Goode scored with the last kick of the game.
Festive Fare snatched victory from the jaws of defeat on his racecourse bow and looks the one to follow in the 32Red Casino Handicap at Kempton.
FESTIVE Fare snatched victory from the jaws of defeat on his racecourse bow and looks the one to follow in the 32Red Casino Handicap at Kempton tomorrow Charlie Appleby's charge hails from the family of Group One winner Dilshaan and Listed performer Darrfonah, so there is clearly more than a hint of ability on the pedigree side.
But it looked bleak for Bony as they trailed 24-8 with just 10 minutes remaining before a Paul Davies penalty with the last kick of the match snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.
TOKYO -- Venus Williams snatched victory from the jaws of defeat to beat fast-rising Romanian Simona Halep 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 and reach the quarter-finals of the Pan Pacific Open on Wednesday.
Summary: Tokyo: Venus Williams snatched victory from the jaws of defeat to beat fast-rising Romanian Simona .
Ian Botham (135) led the fightback as England snatched victory from the jaws of defeat thanks to Bob Willis' eight for 43.
The 23-year-old Ulsterman snatched victory from the jaws of defeat in the final of the Amateur Championship at Royal Troon.