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    Smile To the victor the spoils

    In a British film, two guys played card together. A was the loser; B was the winner. Here's their dialogue.

    A: We don't need to take the ...

    B: To the victor the spoils
    Could someone please tell me 'to the victor the spoils' mean? Thanks!

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    Re: To the victor the spoils

    Hello Daffs,

    The spoils are "the spoils of war": i.e. valuable or desirable items that the victor takes from the vanquished.

    The phrase "to the victor the spoils" therefore means "the spoils belong to the victor".

    The phrase is usually associated with the American Senator Marcy, born in the late 18th century.

    Best wishes,

    MrP

    Not a professional ESL teacher.

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    Smile Re: To the victor the spoils

    Hi MrPedantic,

    Thank you for your help. I've understood.

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