“Snatch defeat from the jaws of victory”

For going on a decade now, the PC Party, thanks to its leaders’ late-season gaffes, has made an art form of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.
–Editorial, Globe and Mail, Feb. 2.

[The Calgary Flames had] just snatched defeat from the jaws of victory against the Las Vegas Golden Knights, after all, somehow going from leading 2-1 with two minutes left in the game to losing 4-2 against a division rival.
–Daniel Austin, Calgary Sun, Feb. 2.

The last-second flurry with the blown defensive assignment and defeat snatched from the jaws of victory in as dramatic a fashion as is imaginable will be what drives Raptors fans today.
–Doug Smith, Toronto Star, Jan. 9.

Abbas has once again demonstrated the unerring ability of the Palestinian Arabs to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory—as happened in 1922, 1937, 1947, between 1948 and 1967, 2000-2001 and 2008.
–David Singer, Canada Free Press, Dec. 24.

Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory is a proud NDP tradition. It’s refreshing that despite the party’s flashy new leader Jagmeet Singh, the old traditions still run strong.
–Drew Brown, Vice, Dec. 14.

When I covered Toronto FC they were the self-described “worst team in the world.” They found incredible ways to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, went through head coaches like some people go through coffee, never had any depth and even turned off many die-hard fans. It’s nice to see they have turned things around.
–Ryan Wolstat, Toronto Sun, Dec. 9.

Lovable Losers the Argos were during the 1970s — a decade when the Argo Bounce was a bad thing and the cry of Aaaaarrrgooossswas the anthem of the cursed as we boarded the express buses up Bathurst St. after another befuddling, incomprehensible snatching of defeat from the jaws of victory.
–Royson James, Toronto Star, Dec. 4.

The Lumber Kings once again snatched defeat from the jaws of victory allowing the Hawkesbury Hawks off the mat to edge out the home team 4-3.
–Sean Chase, Pembroke Daily Observer, Dec. 4.

The Calgary Stampeders’ stunning loss in Sunday’s Grey Cup — for the second year in a row — was truly painful. Really, it was as if we snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.
–Editorial, Calgary Sun, Nov. 28.

The 27-24 loss was the second snatch defeat from the jaws of victory conclusion for the Calgary Stampeders in the last game of the season.
–Terry Jones, Edmonton Sun, Nov. 26.

Rebel Media has made a habit of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory but never more so than when it ran a story last fall about the federal Environment Department purchasing a number of expensive cars.
–John Ivison, National Post, Nov. 1

Social conservatism has been a liability in the province’s politics since at least 2012 (when a Wildrose candidate snatched defeat from the jaws of victory by condemning homosexuals “to burn in a lake of fire”), and to a large extent that’s what secured Kenney his UCP leadership.
–Drew Brown, Vice, Oct. 30.

WINNER: Drew Brown, Vice (2)

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3 comments on ““Snatch defeat from the jaws of victory”
  1. daveS says:

    You’re quoting “The Canada Free Press” midges now? That is lower than quoting a Sun newspaper, even the rabid zombie Calgary Sun!!
    CFP gets only 2 and a half minutes view time, mainly read by Americans and is the deep basement of rankings on Alexa.com.

  2. John MacLachlan Gray says:

    For cliche buffs, this one has a provenance going back over 130 years. The Calgary Sun deserves a special award for implying that they thought it up on the spot.

  3. wolfkir says:

    Every example contains two or more cliches. I think Doug Smith wins with five in one sentence.

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