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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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We find, accompanying the conquerors, not merely the (expected) administrators and soldiers intent on milking the conquered people for all they were worth, but peasants, intent on applying new techniques of landholding, labor, and social organization - the heavy plough and its oxen and horse teams, the water and windmills, cash crops and market transports - to transform the landscape.
Tenzing Norgay, after whom the Interoperability Achievement Award was named, was the Nepalese Sherpa who conquered Mount Everest with Sir Edmund Hillary.
SAUGUS - Seven-year-old Kelsee Ellison used to be terrified of roller coasters, but she's conquered that fear - and much more as she faces a battle for her life.
Peterson's discussion of the relations between male conquerors and female conquered also seems ultimately unsatisfactory.
Which group invaded and conquered Mesopotamia in 637?
As Neal Gabler says in his new book, ``Life the Movie: How Entertainment Conquered Reality,'' ``The deliberate application of techniques of theater to politics, religion, education, literature, commerce, warfare, crime, everything, has converted them into branches of show business.
The forum, entitled "Divided, But Not Conquered," will be presented at the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) Strategic Issues Conference on Tuesday, April 4 in New Orleans.
2--Color) Claudia Berryman-Shafer, from bottom, Nancy Knoble and Expedition Inspiration founder Laura Evans, all survivors of breast cancer, conquered Argentina's 22,841-foot Mount Aconcagua in February 1995.
Philip Morris' logo boldly declares `Veni, Vidi Vici' -- I came, I saw, I conquered," stated Lourdes Baezconde-Garbanati, director of and principal investigator for the Hispanic/Latino Tobacco Education Network.
As Cortes and his army marched toward Tenochtitlan, they encountered many groups of people who had been conquered by Montezuma.
This is the kind of ``respect'' the Anglo-Saxon English show toward the conquered Celtic Britons by now referring to themselves as ``British.
Whether in loss of life or damaged property, the conquered people suffered the brunt of the carnage.
First, it must be native to the lands that comprised the Roman Empire, and second, if indigenous to some conquered territory, it must ultimately have been cultivated by the Romans themselves.
But as Rome conquered more and more territory, discontent grew at home.