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Mark Spahn (West Seneca, NY)

The original expression must have been "snatch victory from the jaws of defeat", and people think they're being clever in modifying this phrase to "snatch defeat from the laws of victory". But this no-longer-clever variation has actually come to be used more often than the original wording: 147,000 hits versus 104,000 hits, according to a Google search I did just now.

John Pepple

That doesn't surprise me. The original, I suppose, seems too dated, while the inverse seems clever.

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