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.
In Ontario alone there are 30 to 40 MPs who could well be defeated if church-going Catholics and Evangelicals turn up at the polls to vote them out of office.
There can be no respite, no rest until the terrorists are defeated, and they will be defeated. From day one to this day, the nations of our hemisphere have stood together against terrorists.