to the victor, the spoils

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to the victor, the spoils

The winner is entitled to all of the rewards, bonuses, or benefits of success. (Also written as "To the victor go/belong the spoils.") John won the betting pool, so he gets the whole pot of money from those who paid in. To the victor, the spoils! A lot of other contestants on the singing competition are well worthy of signing a record deal, but only one can win— and to the victor, the spoils!
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to the victor, the spoils

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to the victor go the spoils

People say to the victor, the spoils or to the victor go the spoils to mean that the person who wins a competition, fight, etc. can take everything of value. He believed in the principle of to the victor, the spoils.
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But to the victor the spoils - and Benitez now heads for Rotherham's New York Stadium with momentum and with his team having delivered one of the most remarkable comebacks in United's St James' Park history.
Aye, to the victor the spoils and it was worth it, breath or no breath left.
CHEER WE GOLampard shows his delight as he enjoys holding aloft the Cup s TO THE VICTOR THE SPOILS Frank gets a kiss from fiancee Christine Bleakley.
As the saying goes, to the victor the spoils, and after finally ousting Labour after nearly two decades, who can blame the new ruling coalition for trying to make an early mark.
LET the Old Firm battle commence - and to the victor the spoils.
Far right, to the victor the spoils as winning jockey Jim Culloty waves to the record crowd at Aintree PICS BY EDDIE BARFORD AND JASON ROBERTS