costly win, expensive victory
A win so hard to achieve- it is like a loss.
I won a pyrrhic victory over the poodle but my clothes were torn to shreds.
Pyrrhic reminds of pyro or fire.
We were burned to the ground too even though we won.
Used a work:
The sales were a pyrrhic success because we got too many clients.
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