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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A Pyrrhic victory is a victory with such a devastating cost that it is tantamount to defeat.
In retrospect this could be seen as a pyrrhic victory.
An agreement with Iran on uranium enrichment and IAEA inspectors monitoring the Fordo underground nuclear facility near Qom could turn out to be a Pyrrhic victory from the perspective of Israeli deterrence as well.
The government's "victory" over the the international activists was the very epitome of a pyrrhic victory.
Even if he wins, it'll still be something of a pyrrhic victory.
Building a large number of ships is necessary, but building a large number of ships with limited combat capability at the expense of increasing the number of ships with higher capability could well be a Pyrrhic victory.
This is a pyrrhic victory for SAVE, but the real winners are the people of Bensham who, it is hoped, will soon begin to see the kind of neighbourhood improvements that they've been asking for.
The Copts' Pyrrhic victory in this year's legislative elections has been met with harsh comments from outspoken Copts overseas.
The Government has survived its first major legislative test since being re-elected in May 2009 (although it's a Pyrrhic victory secured by adopting cynical means) and the Opposition - particularly the BJP-led NDA and the Left - will have the satisfaction of having forced the Congress to shop for ad hoc friends, and having highlighted the grave price situation in the country.
But it's a pyrrhic victory for Japan, which may eventually find there are no bluefin left to devour.
Mark Regan, tower master at Worcester Cathedral and recently appointed to the post of Diocesan Advisory Committee Bells Adviser that covers Malvern, said it was a Pyrrhic victory.
He was one of just 55 to survive a Pyrrhic victory that began with 239 men.