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Pyrrhic victory

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary EnglishPyrrhic victoryPyr‧rhic vic‧to‧ry /ˌpɪrɪk ˈvɪktəri/ noun [countable] 🔊 🔊 SUFFERWINa victory in which the person who wins suffers so much that the victory was hardly worth winning
Examples from the Corpus
Pyrrhic victoryIt may prove to be a Pyrrhic victory.The triumph of postmodernism, at least in the west, has been a Pyrrhic victory.This was indeed a Pyrrhic victory, because West Indies cricket was assuredly the loser.I raised a stink about it and got my seat back, but it was a Pyrrhic victory.My only regret is that he didn't turn up at court to watch his Pyrrhic victory.
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