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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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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.
Tommy Wright admits St Johnstone won ugly but reckons the sight of them back in the top six is beautiful.
0 MANAGER Manuel Pellegrini admitted Manchester City won ugly against Stoke but backed his misfiring strikers to regain their touch.
It's been a hard start having played the top sides, but we won ugly against Tonmawr.
He said: "The players dug out the result and won ugly which is really unusual for us.
England coach Mike Friday said: "The truth is we have won ugly here and by hook or by crook we have topped our pool.
When we had to win ugly, we have won ugly, and when we have had to play football, we have played football.
Sometimes you have to win ugly, and we won ugly," Ronnie said after Oldham's 2-0 success at Walsall.
Logan said: 'We won ugly against the Borders and now we have won ugly against the Gunners - andwe will be quite happy to keep playing ugly if it means we're winning.
Sunday Mail Opinion: If Better Together Sunday Mail Opinion: If Better Together win, they will have won ugly
The boys won ugly but full credit to the boys for digging out a result.