belong


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Wikipedia.

belong to someone or something

to be owned by someone or something. This one belongs to me. This desk belongs to the company. You can't take it home!
See also: belong

belong under something

to be classified under some general category. This one belongs under the other category. This file belongs under A.
See also: belong

To the victors belong the spoils.

Prov. The winners achieve power over people and property. The mayor took office and immediately fired many workers and hired new ones. Everyone said, "To the victors belong the spoils."
See also: belong, spoil, victor

to the victor belong the spoils

The winner gets everything, as in He not only won the tournament but ended up with numerous lucrative endorsements-to the victor belong the spoils . This expression alludes to the spoils system of American politics, whereby the winner of an election gives desirable jobs to party supporters. [First half of 1800s]
See also: belong, spoil, victor
References in classic literature ?
Any student can belong to it, no matter where he was born.
Do you feel, yet, that you belong to this terrestrial scheme again, Mr.
Friend Gurth,'' he said, ``I have mingled among yon men, and have learnt to whom they belong, and whither they are bound.
These have been already explained to belong to the fourth of the enumerated classes, and have been shown to be, in a peculiar manner, the proper subjects of the national judicature.
You catch water, washee brother belong you; washee plenty too much, bime bye brother belong you all right.
Asa Gray's 'Manual of the Flora of the Northern United States,' 260 naturalised plants are enumerated, and these belong to 162 genera.
Who has taught you to take things that do not belong to you?
Miss Polly remembered suddenly why SHE had taken this child in the first place--and with the recollection came the remembrance of Pollyanna's own words uttered that very morning: "I love to be called 'dear' by folks that belong to you
Those who are not professional metaphysicians are willing to confess that they do not know what mind actually is, or how matter is constituted; but they remain convinced that there is an impassable gulf between the two, and that both belong to what actually exists in the world.
Therefore it is that these Rhine castles thrill me with a sense of poetry; they belong to the grand historic life of humanity, and raise up for me the vision of an echo.
Oh no, if you please'm; that one belongs to old Mrs.
Concerning Thought, we may assume what is said in the Rhetoric, to which inquiry the subject more strictly belongs.
For instance, the individual man is included in the species 'man', and the genus to which the species belongs is 'animal'; these, therefore-that is to say, the species 'man' and the genus 'animal,-are termed secondary substances.
It is one of the loveliest and kindest books that ever was written, and my heart belongs to it still; to be sure it belongs to several hundreds of other books in equal entirety.
The throne belongs to whoever is able to take it," answered Jinjur, as she slowly ate another caramel.