defeat to = loss to

Michael Covarrubias mcovarru at PURDUE.EDU
Fri Jun 13 19:08:03 UTC 2008

from an article on soccer:

"Midfielder Brett Holman insists Australia have put the defeat to Iraq
firmly behind them as they look to book their place in the fourth round
of World Cup qualifying with a victory over Qatar on Saturday."

I can use 'defeat' interchangeably with 'loss' in a lot of constructions
but I don't remember seeing this one.

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