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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 ?
Don't you know it's a dangerous thing to conquer a city?
Nebuchadnezzar conquers most of what is the present-day Middle East to form the second Babylonian empire.
2) ``Alexander'' follows the Macedonian ruler over the course of several battles, but the film never conquers its many flaws.
From then on, it's suggested that the main reason Alexander went on to conquer 90 percent of the known world was to get away from his mother.
John writes about the "victory that conquers the world.
That is the beauty of the resurrection - love conquers hate, grace conquers sin.
This advanced product suite conquers the problems of packet loss, delay, and jitter associated with voice communications over packet networks.
Telogy Networks' systems-level approach allows it to conquer complex product development challenges.
He also conquers land as far west as Lake Balkhash (in modern-day Kazakhstan).
Impressed by the Inca wealth of gold and silver, Pizarro conquers Cuzco, the Inca capital, in 1533.
The Ottoman Empire conquers the Arabs and gains control of Mesopotamia.
Alexander conquers Egypt, which the Persians had ruled harshly The Egyptian people rejoice, and crown Alexander pharaoh (god and king).