the jaws of defeat

Definition of the jaws of defeat

  1. :  the position of being close to losing The team was able to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat by scoring in the final seconds of the game.

Word by Word Definitions

jawplay jaws
  1. :  either of two complex cartilaginous or bony structures in most vertebrates that border the mouth, support the soft parts enclosing it, usually bear teeth on their oral margin, and are an upper that is more or less firmly fused with the skull and a lower that is hinged, movable, and articulated with the temporal bone of either side — compare mandible, maxilla

    :  any of various organs of invertebrates that perform the function of the vertebrate jaws

    :  something resembling the jaw of an animal: such as

  1. :  to talk especially abusively, indignantly, or long-windedly

    :  to talk to in a scolding or boring manner

  1. :  destroy

    :  nullify

    :  frustrate

  1. :  frustration by nullification or by prevention of success

    :  destruction

    :  an overthrow especially of an army in battle

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