the jaws of defeat

noun phrase

: 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.

Examples of the jaws of defeat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After the 2006 war between Israel and Lebanon, Iran’s rapid delivery of aid enabled Hezbollah to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat and outmaneuver the Lebanese government by providing instantaneous compensation and rebuilding programs. Suzanne Maloney, Foreign Affairs, 8 Apr. 2024 While shareholder activist Nelson Peltz tried to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat in his proxy fight with Disney, CEO Bob Iger secured a resounding win at Wednesday’s annual general meeting. Diane Brady, Fortune, 4 Apr. 2024 Lucas Paquetá, who had taken over the captains armband from Vinicius, converted from the spot in the 96th minute; snatching a draw from the jaws of defeat. Joseph O'Sullivan, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2024 Throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, many leaders fighting losing wars have attempted to somehow snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Dan Reiter, Foreign Affairs, 7 Nov. 2022

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“The jaws of defeat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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