Picasso would have done fine resting on the laurels that he won in 1909.
Earlier this year, the chief of the CIA base in Benghazi won an intelligence award for his performance there.
Mitt Romney won, but Sabato awards the Senate seat to Democrat Tim Kaine.
Democrats won the popular vote for the House, but Republicans held the majority because of redistricting.
No Republican has won Iowa and New Hampshire and failed to win the nomination.
I won out of France with the very papers ordering my arrest.
Mabel's lawyer has won the most difficult case he ever fought for.
The marvel is that he should ever have won to power in it at all.
The tempter was sure that the battle was won, and smiled contentedly.
He could lose with a good grace; when he won was not elated.
fusion of Old English winnan "struggle for, work at, strive, fight," and gewinnan "to gain or succeed by struggling, to win," both from Proto-Germanic *wenwanan (cf. Old Saxon winnan, Old Norse vinna, Old Frisian winna, Dutch winnen "to gain, win," Danish vinde "to win," Old High German winnan "to strive, struggle, fight," German gewinnen "to gain, win," Gothic gawinnen "to suffer, toil"). Perhaps related to wish, or from PIE *van- "overcome, conquer." Related: Won; winning.
Sense of "to be victorious" is recorded from c.1300. Breadwinner preserves the sense of "toil" in Old English winnan. Phrase you can't win them all (1954) first attested in Raymond Chandler. Winningest is attested by 1804.
Old English winn "labor, strife, conflict," from the source of win (v.). Modern sense of "a victory in a game or contest" is first attested 1862, from the verb.