Pyrrhic Victory

(redirected from Empty victory)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.

Pyrrhic Victory

A successful endeavor that came with such high costs, that it was almost not worth the effort. For example, a company may succeed in a hostile takeover, but only after overcoming so many anti-takeover measures and spending so much money that it overpaid and may have nearly bankrupted itself.
References in periodicals archive ?
That will be a rather empty victory, however, if federal immigration, intelligence, and law enforcement officials do not follow up with an intensive investigation into the vast terrorist support network within this country, of which Al-Arian's USF band appears to be a significant part.
CRAIG BROWN announced his resignation as Scotland manager minutes after this empty victory at an eerie, half-empty Hampden Park.
But it turned out to be an empty victory as he had lost a lot of time on the seventh special stage, effectively ending his hopes of winning the race.