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PYRRHIC VICTORY -
A victory with devastating cost to the victor. The phrase is a reference to King
Pyrrhus of Epirus, whose army
suffered irreplaceable casualties when he defeated the Romans at the Battle of Heraclea during the Pyrrhic war in 280 BC
and the Battle of Asculum in 279 BC.
the term is used by in fields
such as business, politics, law, and sport to describe any similar struggle
which is ruinous for the victor.