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.
There can be no respite, no rest until the terrorists are defeated, and they will be defeated.
We recognize that, if true peace is to be achieved in our lifetime, despots who have initiated and perpetuated this war must be defeated.