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stoop to conquer

To adopt a role, position, attitude, behavior, undertaking, etc., that is seen as being beneath one's abilities or social position in order to achieve one's end. The wealthy congressman has to start taking advantage of more popular, mainstream entertainment platforms because the only way he can come back at this point is if he stoops to conquer.
See also: conquer, stoop

divide and conquer

1. To gain or maintain power by encouraging tension among underlings so that they cannot unite in opposition. Rachel is so popular because she divides and conquers all of her minions and makes sure they all dislike each other.
2. To accomplish something by having several people work on it separately and simultaneously. The only way we'll ever get this project finished on time is if we divide and conquer. I'll put the slides together while you type up the hand-out.
See also: and, conquer, divide

divide and conquer

Also, divide and govern or rule . Win by getting one's opponents to fight among themselves. For example, Divide and conquer was once a very successful policy in sub-Saharan Africa. This expression is a translation of the Latin maxim, Divide et impera ("divide and rule"), and began to appear in English about 1600.
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divide and conquer


divide and rule

COMMON If you try to divide and conquer or divide and rule, you try to keep control over a group of people by encouraging them to argue amongst themselves. Trade unions are concerned that management may be tempted into a policy of divide and rule. The Summit sends a very strong message to him that he's not going to divide and conquer. Note: This expression has its origin in the Latin phrase `divide et impera'. It describes one of the tactics which the Romans used to rule their empire.
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Technology is conquerable," attests Reneta Webb, who serves as director of professional development, Medical Library Association (MLA), Chicago.
The people are physically divided and therefore economically conquerable.
Conducting two experiments - one with black school children in North Carolina and one with undergraduate students from underrepresented high schools at Princeton University - the researchers found that when they reframed a math test as a challenge versus an exam, students from the threatened group applied greater focus and perceived the task as conquerable.
Keeping our minds open to the new, unfamiliar and unexpected may require us to strengthen our resolve, but only a conquerable cowardice would prevent that action," he said.
Chronicling the evolution of the world and its many diverse, conquerable cultures, OUR DUMB WORLD is not just for fans of the planet Earth.
The main wing of Stanhope Castle, in Stanhope, County Durham, is on the market for what to many might be the conquerable sum of pounds 398,500.
My mum helped me to believe that it was conquerable and she always said as long as you are having fun that's what you should measure everything against, she was right - if you are having fun then you are being successful.
Michael Jackson's attempted comeback, ``Invincible,'' proved to be only too conquerable despite Sony's supposed $30 million expenditure on the disc.
Furthermore, by introducing unlimited scalability to data analysis, problems involving data of terabyte or greater will be easily conquerable.
Because free societies are open and tolerant, because we respect every life and mourn every loss, the terrorists have concluded that we are decadent in spirit, weak in character, and conquerable.