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 won at such a devastating cost that it is tantamount to a defeat.
But, to put that in context, two of those victories were against Vaduz, a 5-0 aggregate success that the boys from Liechtenstein were claiming as a pyrrhic victory. After all, their previous two Euro excursions had seen them hit for 12 and 14.
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.
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. We need to develop the sport from the bottom up."
While the PTI spokesperson revels over the success in keeping Mr Sanjrani in office, the horse trading that led to the Pyrrhic victory would remain a blot on the PTI's tenure.
He said: 'At the barrel of the gun, today, Nigerians are cowed and captured evidently by the non-celebration of this Pyrrhic victory by anyone in Nigeria except those who hoped to benefit directly from it, which is characteristics of a thief that came in the night to deprive residents of their belongings, leaving them in anguish and nightmare.
However, this is nothing more than a pyrrhic victory.
Landing in Hell: The Pyrrhic Victory of the First Marine Division on Peleliu, 1944
The PM's success will prove a pyrrhic victory, and she'll be out next year.
"However in a way this amounts to a pyrrhic victory, and we will not stop campaigning for government to freeze, if not reduce, this rate of tax on insurance for the remainder of this parliament," he added.
The Makati court's denial of the Department of Justice's motion for the arrest of Trillanes on coup charges was just a "pyrrhic victory" for the senator, Malacanang said Tuesday.
Panelo claimed the court's decision was a Pyrrhic victory' for Trillanes.