(redirected from conquers)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal.

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

1. To gain or maintain power by encouraging tension among underlings so that they cannot unite in opposition. Rachel is so popular because she divides and conquers all of her minions and makes sure they all dislike each other.
2. To accomplish something by having several people work on it separately and simultaneously. The only way we'll ever get this project finished on time is if we divide and conquer. I'll put the slides together while you type up the hand-out.
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

divide and conquer


divide and rule

COMMON If you try to divide and conquer or divide and rule, you try to keep control over a group of people by encouraging them to argue amongst themselves. Trade unions are concerned that management may be tempted into a policy of divide and rule. The Summit sends a very strong message to him that he's not going to divide and conquer. Note: This expression has its origin in the Latin phrase `divide et impera'. It describes one of the tactics which the Romans used to rule their empire.
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).