a victory gained at too great a cost
Pyrrhus was a king of Epirus who defeated the Romans at Asculum in 279 BC….but in doing so sustained heavy losses and lost his finest troops.
Related Idioms and Phrases :
take his name in vain
use his name in a way that shows a lack of respect.
The third of the biblical Ten Commandments is : Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain (Exodus 20:7).
vale of tears
the world regarded as a scene of trouble or sorrow – literary
This phrase dates from the mid 16th century.
Earlier variants included vale of trouble, vale of weeping and vale of woe.
1997 - Shetland Times - Then by God’s grace we’ll meet again, Beyond this vale of tears.
the vale of years
the declining years of a person’s life
This expression comes from Shakespeare's Othello : for I am declined into the vale of years.
do a vanishing act
Do a disappearing act go away without being seen to go, especially when someone is looking for you.
The suggestion here is that the person has vanished as completely and inexplicably as things vanish in a magician's act.
variety is the spice of life
New and exciting experiences make life more interesting.
This proverbial expression comes from William Cowper's poem THE TASK (1785) :
Variety is the very spice of life….That gives it all its flavour.
beyond the veil
in a mysterious or hidden
place or state, especially the unknown state of existence after death.
The phrase was originally a figurative reference to the veil which concealed the innermost sanctuary of the Temple in Jerusalem…it was later taken as referring to the mysterious division between the next world and this.
draw a veil over
avoid discussing or calling attention to something, especially because it is embarrassing or unpleasant.
take the veil
become a nun.
with a vengeance
in a higher degree than was expected or desired
in the fullest sense
vent your spleen
give free expression to your anger or displeasure.
2003 - Guardian - Woodgate’s clumsy challenge on the striker was not contested,
though the visitors wasted little time in venting spleen at both the culpable Danish
midfielder and, erroneously, the young pretender.
take a dim view of = take a poor view of
regard someone or something with disapproval.
1996 - C. J. Stone Fierce Dancing - He says that... the Home Office... take a dim view of
lifers talking to the press.
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