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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If the wafer-thin majority over top-up fees was not quite the "utter humiliation" depicted by the Tories, it cannot be seen as anything other than a pyrrhic victory.
Paraguay narrowly defeated Ecuador in their last game, but it was a pyrrhic victory for their coach Anibal Ruiz.
Chief executive of the Immigration Advisory Service, Keith Best, said the closure of Sangatte would be a pyrrhic victory for Mr Blunkett.
I'm not going to fight a war for a Pyrrhic victory,'' Lin said.
Winning next year knowing United weren't there will be a pyrrhic victory.
Sunderland may have gained revenge for 1988's 1-0 reverse - the only previous occasion on which these two teams had locked horns in a competitive fixture - but theirs was a pyrrhic victory.
IT will be little more than a pyrrhic victory, but France ought to retain the Confederations Cup in St Etienne this evening.
Brown & Williamson's silencing of Wigand proved to be a Pyrrhic victory.
MICK KINANE'S concerted battle with the Turf Club ended in a Pyrrhic victory for the authorities yesterday amid
Although this was a pyrrhic victory, Jeff's speech was a reminder that emotion has not lost its place in today's regimented political debate.
Starr's pyrrhic victory aside, who has benefited from his whole hideous procedure?
He said: "It would be fine for London to win the bid to host the Olympics, but if we don't have the athletes to compete it would be a pyrrhic victory.