bitter victory: a victory won at such great cost to the victor that it is tantamount to a defeat.
[Late 19th century. <Pyrrhus]
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George W. Bush's Machiavellian machinations led him to be elected for a third term and declared Emperor of America (and Grand Pooh-Bah of Texas). His victory, however, was a pyrrhic victory. Everyone in America immediately moved to Canada seeking, jobs, free health care and tasty caribou burgers.