ADJ. big, comfortable, convincing, decisive, easy, emphatic, handsome, resounding, runaway | last-gasp, narrow An extra-time penalty gave Barcelona a last-gasp win over Chelsea. | five-point, nine-wicket, single-shot, two-goal, etc. | hard-earned, hard-fought | deserved, well-earned | excellent, fine, great, impressive | thrilling | improbable, remarkable, shock, unexpected | famous People still talk about the famous win against Brazil. | away, home | cup final, league, semi-final, etc. | Democrat, Labour, etc.
VERB + WIN claim, chalk up, gain, have, notch (up), record, score We've had three successive wins in the National League. Torino notched up a 2?1 win at Lazio. | cruise to, romp to, sweep to Woods romped to a 12-shot win in the Open. | deserve, earn | give sb | celebrate
WIN + VERB come His only big win came in the French Open ten years ago. | keep sb, lift sb, put sb, take sb Williams's straight-sets win puts her through to the semi-final.
PREP. without a ~ They've gone four games without a win. | ~ against/over Liverpool gained a thrilling 5?4 win over Glenavon.
PHRASES a no-win situation She was in a no-win situation, taking the blame for things she did not have the power to change.
ADV. comfortably, convincingly, easily, hands down, handsomely, outright The French team won hands down. | narrowly She narrowly won the first race. | duly He duly won, but was then sidelined by a leg injury. | unexpectedly | eventually, finally
VERB + WIN deserve to We didn't deserve to win?we played very badly. | hope to | be expected to, be tipped to, expect to The actress is tipped to win an Oscar for her performance. | be likely to | be going to Who do you think is going to win? | manage to | fail to The far right party failed to win a single seat. | help (to), help sb (to) qualities which help win business and motivate staff
PREP. against They stand a good chance of winning against their league rivals. | at I never win at tennis. | by She won the race by 40 metres. | on The match was eventually won on penalties.
PHRASES be capable of winning (sth) There are a lot of teams capable of winning the title. | be confident of winning (sth), a chance of winning (sth), a chance to win sth the chance to win the holiday of a lifetime | succeed in winning sth He succeeded in winning their confidence.