Friendly Skies (1933, 1965); Thrill/Victory (1875); Agony/Defeat (1864)

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Mon Dec 9 15:48:18 UTC 2002

On Mon, 9 Dec 2002, Michael Quinion wrote:

> What about the much more recent inverse, to snatch defeat from the
> jaws of victory?

Actually, I think this is what I intended to ask about.  In any case, I am
interested in the origins of BOTH versions.

Fred Shapiro

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