If you can't lick 'em, join 'em

If you can't lick 'em, join 'em

If you can't defeat your opponent, then you might as well work alongside them or do what they do. A: "I thought you said you'd never join social media." B: "Yeah, but everybody else has, so if you can't lick 'em, join 'em, I guess."
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