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belong to (someone or something)

1. To be a member of something, such as a team or club. My daughter belongs to the debate team at school. I belong to the gym on Main Street if you ever want to come work out with me.
2. To be someone's possession. No, that coat belongs to Rachel—mine has a hood. Who do these headphones belong to?
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belong under (something)

To be properly categorized under a certain status, heading, or title. When you files these documents, they belong under "July 2008." What heading does that paragraph belong under? That department always belonged under the CFO, they're just making it official now.
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to the victor belong the spoils

The winner is entitled to all of the rewards, bonuses, or benefits of success. (A variation of "to the victor go the spoils.") John won the betting pool, so he gets the whole pot of money from those who paid in. To the victor belong the spoils! A lot of other contestants on the singing competition are well worthy of signing a record deal, but to the victor belong the spoils.
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belong to someone or something

to be owned by someone or something. This one belongs to me. This desk belongs to the company. You can't take it home!
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belong under something

to be classified under some general category. This one belongs under the other category. This file belongs under A.
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To the victors belong the spoils.

Prov. The winners achieve power over people and property. The mayor took office and immediately fired many workers and hired new ones. Everyone said, "To the victors belong the spoils."
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to the victor belong the spoils

The winner gets everything, as in He not only won the tournament but ended up with numerous lucrative endorsements-to the victor belong the spoils . This expression alludes to the spoils system of American politics, whereby the winner of an election gives desirable jobs to party supporters. [First half of 1800s]
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to the victor belong the spoils

Winner gets all. The Roman historians frequently mentioned spolia optima—very best spoils—which actually referred to the personal spoils of the enemy’s general when slain by the opposing commander. The current cliché became popular long after that and was frequently used in connection with the spoils system in American politics (whereby the winning party gives desirable posts to its supporters) by Senators William Marcy (1832), Huey Long (1934), and others. Justice William J. Brennan used it in writing the 1990 U.S. Supreme Court decision against political patronage: “To the victor belong only those spoils that may be constitutionally obtained” (Rutan v. Republican Party of Illinois, 88-1872).
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Accordingly, thousands of ropanis of land belonging to different temples/guthis are also being exploited by locals.
A shop in Dhoke Mohary belonging to Bilal Ahmed was also robbed of grocery items, including ghee and cigarettes, worth Rs150,000.
BEIRUT: The Military Tribunal Monday sentenced three people for belonging to terrorist organizations and postponed a separate trial of the suspected perpetrators of bombings in Beirut's southern suburbs in 2013 and 2014.
Further, the spokesman shared that 2,556 kanals of land belonging to the revenue department and two kanals of land belonging to the National Highway Authority was also retrieved.
Belonging is a term evident in much of the current discourse around the education and care of young children.
In their closing remarks to their review of literature on belonging, Baumeister and Leary (1995) wrote, "If psychology has erred with regard to the need to belong, in our view, the error has not been to deny the existence of such a motive so much as to underappreciate it" (p.
(7) This Article suggests that one possible creation of intellectual endeavor is a sense of belonging, and that belonging is worth considering in the context of intellectual property law and policy.
Psychologists from across the world have written about the importance of belonging and the traits we have developed in order to protect ourselves against social exclusion and rejection.
To tackle this challenge, The KWCF commissioned a report with the purpose of understanding the current state of belonging and developing an approach for improvements.
NNA - Military Investigative Judge, Fadi Sawwan, on Thursday issued arrest warrants against three Syrians over charges of belonging to the terrorist group, Daesh, and attacking the Lebanese army.
Baghdad: Iraq's cabinet on Tuesday approved a draft law creating a national guard, which political figures belonging to one of the minority communities have described as a necessary step to achieving national reconciliation.
Feeling a sense of belonging is an important part of keeping a group of people together, but it is also a human need.
Hyphenated Christians: Towards a Better Understanding of Dual Religious Belonging. By Gideon Goosen.
Belonging to Tammi and Dave, of Great Barr, is Archie, a Chinese Crested wearing tinsel and getting into the festive spirit by watching Christmas TV.
in Bishkek belonging to Tashbolot Tuleev (Nariman Tuleev's father); - garages No.