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    Default Loose the battle win the war

    What is the origin of this idiom?
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    Default Re: Loose the battle win the war

    Lose the battle, but win the war.

    It means that a battle can be fought and lost, but that in the end the war can be won = a small part of a scheme can fail, yet the whole scheme can succeed. It is a reversion of Win the battle but lose the war.

    The saying seems to trace back to the Phyrric victory in 279AD



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