be defeated

See: fail, lose, succumb
References in classic literature ?
When he perceived again that it was not possible for the army to be defeated, he tried to bethink him of a fine tale which he could take back to his regiment, and with it turn the expected shafts of derision.
It's my firm belief that they won't be defeated a third time.
There can be no respite, no rest until the terrorists are defeated, and they will be defeated.