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.
See also: defeat, jaw, of, snatch, victory
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OUT BUT NOT DOWN: British number one Kyle Edmund remains confident despite snatching defeat from the jaws of victory at Wimbledon
The 27-year-old bespectacled all-rounder, who arrived at the crease with his side in danger of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, held the tail together and hit the winning runs with 17 balls remaining in the match.
His deputy, John McDonnell, would be a far better option, but it will take yet another inevitable general election disaster of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory to rid Labour of Corbyn.
Top seed Federer conceded he only had himself to blame after snatching defeat from the jaws of victory having been two sets up and then having a match point in the third.
How is he qualified to advise Jeremy Corbyn on elections, having lost two general elections himself, unless he wants Corbyn to repeat his own feat of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory? Mr Ian Thomas Pontllanfraith, Blackwood, Gwent
The cricket team are in today's World 20:20 semi-final, despite their usual habit of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Then in their pre-Euros clash with Germany, Roy Hodgson's team became the surest bet to win any tournament since football began with a 3-2 win.
RISHWORTHIANS went out of the Yorkshire Shield 28-25 to Yarnbury, from the division above, snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.
He concluded by saying that Ireland was a good enough team to win 50 over matches against the bigger sides as well as T20Is, but was habitually snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. ( ANI )
JOCKEY Joe Tizzard has lost none of his faith in Cue Card, despite snatching defeat from the jaws of victory in the William Hill King George VI Chase.
On Thursday, they face the most consistent team in IPL history, Chennai Super Kings, at the Ferozeshah Kotla still trying to figure out a way to finish games, after snatching defeat from the jaws of victory in two of their five matches.
DHAKA: Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim hopes his team can bounce back to win the second and final Test against the West Indies starting tomorrow after snatching defeat from the jaws of victory in the first.
I am left wondering - is the ECHO intent on snatching defeat from the jaws of victory when it comes to jobs for our city?
SNATCHING defeat from the jaws of victory, BBC1 proudly presents The Voice's horribly un-live Sunday results show.
Les Bleus' manager Raymond Domenech has taken some fierce criticism for his team's lacklustre efforts in Group Seven but even he looks incapable of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory as his star-studded line-up seeks to protect a one-goal lead over an inferior Irish outfit.