Friday, February 10, 2017

The Origins Of Common Expressions, No. 7: Pyrrhic Victory

Meaning: Winning but at a huge cost.

Origin: the expression is named after Pyrrus, the King of Epirus, who won the Battle of Asculum in 279 BC, but he lost all of his officers and most of his men. Now, we use the expression for everything from politics to sports. So for example, if a football team wins a match but suffers many injuries, it is called a "Pyrrhic victory".

King Pyrrus of Epirus

The Battle of Epirus (painting)

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