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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.
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But Gove stoops to conquer by stirring up feelings against fellow Scots and sowing the kind of division between nations that is the stock-in-trade of UKIP demagogues.
PERIOD comedy She Stoops to Conquer was first performed more than 240 years ago, but it continues to be one of the best-known English plays.
Oliver Goldsmith (10 November 1730-4 April 1774) was an Irish novelist, playwright and poet, who is best known for his novel The Vicar of Wakefield (1766), his pastoral poem The Deserted Village (1770), and his plays The Good-Natur'd Man (1768) and She Stoops to Conquer (1771, first performed in 1773).
She Stoops To Conquer, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff ?
Its first production is She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith.
30pm NT Live: She Stoops To Conquer (): Thu 7pm Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace 3D (U):Sat/Sun 2pm The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (12A): Fri-Mon/Wed 5pm, 7.
And he is appearing in comedy She Stoops To Conquer at the National Theatre.
The season continues on March 29 with Restoration-era farce She Stoops To Conquer, directed by Max Stafford-Clark.
Becky, played by actress Katherine Kelly, 31, was cheered by the cast after revealing she had landed the leading lady role in classic comedy She Stoops To Conquer in London.
Roman Bednar stoops to conquer in the third minute of injury time, glancing the ball past despairing Colchester goalkeeper Dean Gerken
Peter Polycarpou, Liza Goddard and Janet Dibley will be among cast members of Last Easter, Peter Pan and She Stoops to Conquer taking part in the evening called Love, Friendship and Death at Wine Republic at The Rep tonight.
She Stoops To Conquer runs until Saturday November 17.
Roger Federer stoops to conquer against Jonas Bjorkman
If this singer has endured a consistent criticism, it's that she's mannered, that she mugs, that with her stage tics - arched eyebrows, bug eyes, swooning - she stoops to conquer.