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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
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These and other texts describe Bacchus in Iberia and highlight two aspects of his activities: his role as the giver of wine, bringing humanity relief from the burdens of daily life; and his role as conqueror and ruler of Iberia.
Andy Roddick looks nailedon to see off Richard Gasquet's conqueror Radek Stepanek.
I'll have my eyes firmly fixed on Ballymac Niloc (unbeaten in seven starts last year, and twice conqueror of smart Blonde Boss at Nottingham), Robbie De Niro (hugely impressive winner of all three outings for Lister in 2005, and conqueror of Droopys Shearer as a pup), Farloe Verdict (brilliant winner last year before going lame at Wimbledon) and Bell Devotion (successful in 13 of his 21 runs).
And the spicy broth was supposedly the cause of a quarrel in the 11th century between William the Conqueror and the gluttonous Phillip I, king of France.
It's interrupted by an earthquake, which exposes Alexander the Great's long lost underwater vault, where the conqueror hid a sparkling orb that is actually a map to another remote location where he hid the original Pandora's Box .
Henman will now face Gaston Gaudio after the Argentinian defeated Greg Rusedski's conqueror Julien Boutter, of France, 7-6 2-6 6-1.
She has been responsible for launching Freedom Scientific's "Dealer First" program and for introducing a series of innovative marketing and customer initiatives such as Freedom's Technology Scholarship Program, Product Advisory Board and sponsorship of Erik Weihenmayer, the blind conqueror of Mt.
Come to me as a man, not a conqueror,'' one of his conquests purrs - what megalomaniac with a short-guy complex wouldn't be won over by a line like that?
Sakhee's Prix Gontaut-Biron conqueror Wellbeing would be the one to beat if judged on that Deauville victory in August, but he disappointed when finishing tailed off in the Prix Dollar last time.
Her family tree on her father's side currently dates back to 12th-century Europe, with William the Conqueror of Yorkshire and Count Drago, who supposedly were cousins.
PRETTY Polly Stakes winner Mot Juste, fourth in the Vodafone Oaks last month, could take on her Epsom conqueror Imagine again in the Kildangan Stud Irish Oaks at The Curragh on July 14.
The Conqueror would crow about his current job and remain silent about the ones he lost.
Today, take a short trip through the Long Beach Harbor aboard the research vessel Conqueror and look for the migrating gray whales.
The third and final game in the award-winning Worms series, Worms Armageddon challenges the player to become supreme conqueror of the worm-scape by using their wits and a wacky assortment of weapons.
Conqueror of Brave Inca at Down Royal last week, Mac's Joy is set to receive 8lb.