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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He's been at the coal face for each of their pyrrhic victories in recent seasons.
Had there been something in the game for the Welsh, of course, you would have piled on the Swiss but Wales specialise in Pyrrhic victories and three points today would be just that.
What can companies do to stop them turning into pyrrhic victories,