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romp to victory

To deftly or easily win a race, contest, or competition. Primarily heard in UK. With her arch-rival out of commission with a pulled hamstring, the defending champion romped to victory at the Olympics once again. Showing their utter superiority on the pitch, the boys in blue look set to romp to a 6–2 victory.
See also: romp, victory

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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Pyrrhic victory

A victory that is not worth achieving because of the excessive toll it takes on the victor. Winning the lawsuit was a Pyrrhic victory, since it cost us everything we had.
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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.
See also: defeat, jaw, of, snatch, victory

landslide victory

a victory by a large margin; a very substantial victory, particularly in an election. The mayor won a landslide victory in the election. The younger candidate won a landslide victory in the presidential election.
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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.
See also: defeat, jaw, of, snatch, victory

Pyrrhic victory

A victory that is offset by staggering losses, as in The campaign was so divisive that even though he won the election it was a Pyrrhic victory . This expression alludes to Kind Pyrrhus of Epirus, who defeated the Romans at Asculum in b.c. 279, but lost his best officers and many of his troops. Pyrrhus then said: "Another such victory and we are lost." In English the term was first recorded (used figuratively) in 1879.
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a Pyrrhic victory

If you describe a victory as a Pyrrhic victory, you mean that although someone has won or gained something, they have also lost something which was worth even more. If gun-control advocates achieve their goals by threats, rather than through properly enacted legislation, it will be a Pyrrhic victory. Note: This expression comes from the victory of King Pyrrhus over the Romans, in which much of King Pyrrhus's army was killed.
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Pyrrhic victory

a victory gained at too great a cost.
Pyrrhus was a king of Epirus, who defeated the Romans at Asculum in 279 bc , but in doing so sustained heavy losses and lost his finest troops.
See also: pyrrhic, victory

a ˌPyrrhic ˈvictory

a victory which is achieved at too high a price and therefore not worth having: It was a Pyrrhic victory. They won the strike but then most of them lost their jobs.This idiom refers to Pyrrhus, King of Epirus, who in 279BC defeated the Romans but lost all his best officers and men.
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ˈromp home/to victory

(informal) win easily, especially in a race, an election, etc: The Queen’s horse romped home in the first race.The Democratic Party romped to victory in the recent elections.
See also: home, romp, victory
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Oak Park has demonstrated a formidable pass defense, allowing just one passing TD and 168 yards thus far in victories over Grace Brethren of Simi Valley and Calabasas.
The Sheiks made it two victories in a row with Friday's 20-13 triumph over Los Angeles High.
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Behind two victories from Kroll, one each from Jasmine Henderson, Stephanie Henderson and Sara Peever, and a sweep of all three relays, the Vikings posted a convincing 115-55 victory in girls' swimming at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center.
Wolfe, a 6-foot-2 senior who has signed to a UNLV football scholarship, has 57 points in two playoff victories.
Valley finished with four consecutive victories, so the pressure was on the Cougars.
Royal is in the unenviable position of the being the hunted team after victories over Agoura and Westlake, but coach Summer Katzoff isn't letting the Highlanders get ahead of themselves.
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Chatsworth: As hot as the Chancellors themselves, the second baseman went 4 for 5 with three RBI Tuesday against Taft of Woodland Hills as Chatsworth set a program record for consecutive victories in a season.