Pyrrhic Victory

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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.
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CRAIG BROWN announced his resignation as Scotland manager minutes after this empty victory at an eerie, half-empty Hampden Park.
Coca is so profitable and easy to grow that short-term success at eradication has always proven an empty victory.
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.