In 2001, Microsoft won a Pyrrhic victory in its antitrust case when the Appeals Court decided the software giant was not to be broken up. However, Microsoft was still branded a monopoly and was subject to other punishment.
The expression alludes to the Greek King Pyrrhus who, after defeating the Romans in battle, stated: "If we win another such battle against the Romans, we will be completely lost."
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Pyrrhic victory — Pyrrhic Pyr rhic, a. [L. pyrrhichius, Gr. ? belonging to the ? (sc. ?) a kind of war dance.] 1. Of or pertaining to an ancient Greek martial dance. ye have the pyrrhic dance as yet. Byron. [1913 Webster] 2. (Pros.) Of or pertaining to a pyrrhic,… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
pyrrhic victory — A Pyrrhic victory is one that causes the victor to suffer so much to achieve it that it isn t worth winning … The small dictionary of idiomes
Pyrrhic victory — [pir′ik, pir′ik] n. [Gr Pyrrhikos] a too costly victory: in reference to either of two victories of Pyrrhus, king of Epirus, over the Romans in 280 and 279 B.C., with very heavy losses … English World dictionary
Pyrrhic victory — A Pyrrhic victory (IPAEng|ˈpɪrɪk) is a victory with devastating cost to the victor. The phrase is named after King Pyrrhus of Epirus, whose army suffered irreplaceable casualties in defeating the Romans at Heraclea in 280 BC and Asculum in 279 BC … Wikipedia
pyrrhic victory — UK [ˌpɪrɪk ˈvɪkt(ə)rɪ] / US noun [countable] Word forms pyrrhic victory : singular pyrrhic victory plural pyrrhic victories a victory that is not worth winning because you lost a lot in order to achieve it … English dictionary
Pyrrhic victory — A victory that is obtained at a tremendous cost, or causes such a great loss that it is not worth winning, is called a Pyrrhic victory. It was a Pyrrhic victory. The shop owner won the lawsuit but went bankrupt because of the legal… … English Idioms & idiomatic expressions
pyrrhic victory — [[t]pɪ̱rɪk vɪ̱ktəri[/t]] pyrrhic victories N COUNT If you describe a victory as a pyrrhic victory, you mean that although someone has won or gained something, they have also lost something which was worth even more … English dictionary
Pyrrhic Victory — Pyrrhus (319 272 B.C.), king of Epirus, a kingdom in northern Greece, engaged the Romans in a bloody battle at Asculum in 279 B.C. Pyrrhus s troops defeated the Roman legions, but at a tragic cost. So many of his soldiers were lost all his… … Dictionary of eponyms
pyrrhic victory — A Pyrrhic victory is one that causes the victor to suffer so much to achieve it that it isn t worth winning. (Dorking School Dictionary) … English Idioms & idiomatic expressions
Pyrrhic victory — A Pyrrhic victory is one that causes the victor to suffer so much to achieve it that it isn t worth winning … Dictionary of English idioms