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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/rule

a way of keeping yourself in a position of power by making the people under you disagree with each other so that they are unable to join together and remove you from your position A small minority have continued to govern by a policy of divide and conquer.
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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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.