hollow victory

Hollow victory
A hollow victory is where someone wins something in name, but are seen not to have gained anything by winning.

The small dictionary of idiomes. 2014.

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  • hollow victory —    A hollow victory is where someone wins something in name, but are seen not to have gained anything by winning.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • Hollow victory —   A hollow victory is where someone wins something in name, but are seen not to have gained anything by winning …   Dictionary of English idioms

  • hollow victory — noun a Pyrrhic victory …   Wiktionary

  • hollow — hollowly, adv. hollowness, n. /hol oh/, adj., hollower, hollowest, n., v., adv. adj. 1. having a space or cavity inside; not solid; empty: a hollow sphere. 2. having a depression or concavity: a hollow surface. 3. sunken, as the cheeks or eyes. 4 …   Universalium

  • hollow — hol|low1 [ˈhɔləu US ˈha: ] adj ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(empty inside)¦ 2 hollow eyes/cheeks etc 3¦(sound)¦ 4¦(no value)¦ 5 hollow laugh/voice etc ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [: Old English; Origin: holh hole, hollow place ] 1.) ¦(EMPTY INSIDE)¦ having an empty space inside ▪ …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • hollow — /ˈhɒloʊ / (say holoh) adjective 1. having a hole or cavity within; not solid; empty: a hollow ball. 2. having a depression or concavity: a hollow surface. 3. sunken, as the cheeks or eyes. 4. (of sound) not resonant; dull, muffled, or deep: a… …   Australian English dictionary

  • hollow — I UK [ˈhɒləʊ] / US [ˈhɑloʊ] adjective Word forms hollow : adjective hollow comparative hollower superlative hollowest * 1) empty inside The tree trunk was completely hollow. hollow chocolate eggs 2) a hollow sound is a low sound like something… …   English dictionary

  • hollow — hol|low1 [ halou ] adjective * 1. ) empty inside: The tree trunk was completely hollow. hollow chocolate eggs 2. ) hollow promises or threats are not sincere, or are about things that will not really happen: EMPTY: The president s election… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • hollow — hol•low [[t]ˈhɒl oʊ[/t]] adj. low•er, low•est, n. v. adv. 1) having a space or cavity inside; empty: a hollow sphere[/ex] 2) having a depression or concavity: a hollow surface[/ex] 3) sunken: hollow cheeks[/ex] 4) not resonant: a hollow… …   From formal English to slang

  • hollow — [ˈhɒləʊ] adj I 1) empty inside hollow chocolate eggs[/ex] 2) not sincere or with any real meaning a hollow display of friendship[/ex] a hollow victory[/ex] 3) a hollow sound is a low sound like something empty being hit 4) hollow eyes or cheeks… …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

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