Pyrrhic victory

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a victory that is won by incurring terrible losses

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They prevailed in the courts but it became an empty victory when the
Power without vulnerability leads to brutal, empty victory over others.
IT'S 16 long years since a team from the British Isles lifted speedway's World Team Cup - either as England, Great Britain or Team GB - and even then it was something of an empty victory.
Broken bodies on battle fields lie, Sightless eyes don't see, The pain and grief the gun has caused, The empty victory.
Some solid performances all round from the lads, but against a Bradford side with little to offer in the way of resistance, this was perhaps an empty victory.