win ugly

win ugly

To achieve victory after putting in a lot of effort and unglamorous technique and enduring many hardships or overcoming many obstacles. (As opposed to winning with ease, grace, or style.) After falling behind by 12 points early on, the heavyweight grappler had to claw his way back to a last-second victory. "I won ugly, but a win is a win," he said after the match.
See also: ugly, win

win ugly

gain victory through solid application and hard work rather than elegantly and with apparent effortlessness.
The phrase gained popularity as the title of the book Winning Ugly: Mental Warfare in Tennis ( 1993 ) by the Australian tennis coach Brad Gilbert and Steve Jamison .
2005 Croydon Guardian Manager Bob Langford said he was happy to ‘win ugly’ to ensure Ryman Division One safety.
See also: ugly, win
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PETER WRIGHT admitted he had to win ugly to set up a Grand Slam semi-final showdown with World Cup partner Gary Anderson.
0 Darren Young was relieved to see his Albion Rovers side win ugly after goals from Steven Boyd and Ryan Wallace made it back-toback wins.
The England game we learned from our mistakes of not passing the ball, but when we've had to win ugly we've won ugly, and when we've had to play football we've played football.
CHELSEA have remembered how to win ugly - now back them to rediscover some razzle dazzle.
All the best teams win ugly and that's a great habit to have.
We've been trying to play the game in the right way but now we have to win ugly.
I've played in sides that have played good football, but I've also played in sides that knew how to win, and win ugly.
CONWY Borough manager Darren Moss was satisfied to win ugly against Porthmadog on Tuesday night.
Summary: Riyadi had to win ugly to kill off a dogged Sagesse side in their 77-71 victory Sunday in a hostile Saeb Salam Arena.
Sometimes you have to be able to win ugly and we did that against the Dragons.
There are some times where you have to win ugly, in scrappy games and that was one time when we did just that.
They were fortunate to escape from Clones with full points as Monaghan gave as good as they got but the fact that this Dublin team has learned how to win ugly is crucial.
THE NETHERLANDS might not have displayed the 'Total Football' we've come to expect from those in the famous orange shirts, but boss Bert van Marwijk admits he is happy to win ugly.
Sometimes it's not really pretty, but I'd rather win ugly than lose pretty.
SWANSEA CITY star Darren Pratley has urged his teammates to forget their usual footballing philosophy and win ugly.