That sounds like a setup for what is known as a pyrrhic victory.
This will be a war of attrition and a pyrrhic and Camdean Victory for myself.
But the victory of the antiwar left following the US defeat in Vietnam was a pyrrhic one.
However, if that is all that isaccomplished, it will be a pyrrhic victory.
But its victory was pyrrhic, and came long after the real stakes had been decided.
Thus accoutred, she came on the stage and danced the pyrrhic dance with tremendous applause from all the spectators.
But Methuen's first engagements seemed to him to be pyrrhic victories.
pyrrhic phalanx, a phalanx such as was used by Pyrrhus, king of Epirus.
They had the pyrrhic dances, but they had the pyrrhic phalanx as well!
Here the measure and melody are perfect; the period closing with three Iambics, preceded by a pyrrhic.
1885 (usually in phrase Pyrrhic victory), from Pyrrhus, king of Epirus, who defeated Roman armies at Asculum, 280 B.C.E., but at such cost to his own troops that he was unable to follow up and attack Rome itself, and is said to have remarked, "one more such victory and we are lost."
"dance in armor" (1590s), also a type of metrical foot (1620s), from Latin pyrrhicha, from Greek pyrrikhe orkhesis, the war-dance of ancient Greece, traditionally named for its inventor, Pyrrikhos. The name means "reddish," from pyrros "flame-colored," from pyr "fire" (see fire (n.)). As an adjective from 1749.