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Pyrrhic victory

noun [C usually singular] uk   /ˌpɪr.ɪkˈvɪk.tər.i/ us    /-tɚ-/
a victory that is not worth winning because the winner has lost so much in winning it: She won the court case, but it was a Pyrrhic victory because she had to pay so much in legal fees.Winning and defeatingScoring, winning and losing in sport
(Definition of Pyrrhic victory from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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