win on points

win on points

Succeed but barely, especially by a technicality. For example, Both sides were forceful in that argument about the embargo, but I think the senator won on points . This term comes from boxing, where in the absence of a knockout the winner is decided on the basis of points awarded for each round. Its figurative use dates from the mid-1900s.
See also: on, point, win

win on points

win by accumulating a series of minor gains rather than by a single dramatic feat.
In boxing, a fighter wins on points by having the referee and judges award him more points than his opponent, rather than by a knockout.
See also: on, point, win