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pyrrhic victory

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Definition a victory that is won at a cost that exceeds the value of the victory
  • This was a Pyrrhic victory.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • You pick a set-up, or else win a Pyrrhic victory, or you're wrecked and ruined—you're a ghostly echo from a broken wall.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • GEORGE: (A Pyrrhic victory) Everything in its place, Martha .... everything in its own good time.
    Edward Albee  --  Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • Except that chastity only apparently triumphed, its victory was a Pyrrhic victory, because the demands of love could not be fettered, or coerced; suppressed love was not dead, it continued to live on in the dark, secret depths, straining for fulfillment—and broke the bands of chastity and reappeared, though in transmuted, unrecognizable form.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain

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