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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.
See also: and, conquer, divide
References in classic literature ?
The onrush of a conquering force is like the bursting of pent-up waters into a chasm a thousand fathoms deep.
The most independent people feel the effect of a man's silence in heightening their value for his opinion--feel an additional triumph in conquering the reverence of a critic habitually captious and satirical: no wonder, then, that an enthusiastic self-distrusting youth should watch and wait before the closed secret of a sarcastic woman's face, as if it were the shrine of the doubtfully benignant deity who ruled his destiny.
He conceived himself and his like as perpetually conquering peoples who were perpetually being conquered.
He was a handsome creature, tall and thin; his head was placed well on the body, it gave him a conquering air which was attractive; and his curly hair, his bold, friendly blue eyes, his red mouth, were charming.
He did not admit that every torch should not become darkness at the instant he shone out with his conquering ray.
I see very clearly," remarked the Scarecrow, "that you are going to have trouble in conquering those Horners--unless we help you.
All his life had been spent in facing dangers and conquering enemies.
Nevertheless, the strange terror grew so insupportable that conquering my reluctance to move I sat up and lit the lamp at my bedside.
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Summary: Girl band Little Mix conquered this year's X Factor and now they are planning on conquering the retail industry.
IT was recently stated (June 21) that Wales' "Royal House was completely annihilated by conquering forces".
In Conquering Your Workplace: From Mail Room To Board Room, career counselor, job consultant, and life coach Dilip G.
that Alexander changed the world by conquering Mediterranean Europe and Asia, laying the groundwork for the spread of the Roman Empire and Christianity.
In Conquering Complexity in Your Business: How Wal-Mart, Toyota, and Other Top Companies Are Breaking Through the Ceiling on Profits and Growth, co-authors Michael L.
And the only person one can "morally" dream of conquering is the oppressive conqueror.