Snatch-victory-from-the-jaws-of-defeat meaning

(idiomatic) To suddenly win a contest when it appears that loss is a foregone conclusion, to succeed in an endeavor through reversal of fortune, skill, effort, or good judgment.
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Origin of snatch-victory-from-the-jaws-of-defeat

  • The first recorded use of the phrase discovered to date is an article criticizing Representative James Seddon of Virginia for claiming that a regiment in the Mexican-American war had "snatched victory from the jaws of defeat."

    From Wiktionary