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combine (something) against (someone or something)

To integrate multiple things, people, or qualities in order to counteract or oppose someone or something else. We have to combine all possible research methods against this disease before it becomes an epidemic. We must combine forces against this dreadful foe!
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combine (something) with (something)

To add or mix two or more things together. Now, we need to combine the meat with the rest of the ingredients in the stew.
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combine forces (with one)

To work together with one. If you two combine forces, you might just win the election after all. I'm sorry, but you're going to have to combine forces with Michael if you want to get this done.
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join forces (with one)

To work together with one. If you two join forces, you might just win the election after all. I'm sorry, but you're going to have to join forces with Michael if you want to get this done.
See also: force, join

combine something against someone or something

to join something together in opposition to someone or something. We will combine forces against the enemy. Our game plan combined our various talents against the opposite team.
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combine something with something

to mix something with something else. I want to combine the red flowers with the pink ones for a bouquet. First, combine the eggs with the sugar.
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join/combine ˈforces (with somebody)

work together in order to achieve a shared aim: The two firms joined forces to win the contract. OPPOSITE: part company (with/from somebody/something)
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"Robert Rauschenberg: Combines" is on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, through Apr.
Rauschenberg's work benefits from consideration of specific series, and the Metropolitan Museum's exhibition of the Combines provides the first such treatment since the Whitney's revelatory, if weirdly underappreciated, "Silkscreen Paintings, 1962-64" of 1990.
Rauschenberg made the first Combines not long after the beginning of television, when the imagination of the art world was still very much in the thrall of the New York School, whose members he clearly venerated and also strove to surpass.
The earliest Combines retain the palette of his preceding "Red Paintings" and can resemble disused, blood-drenched bulletin boards, but Rauschenberg quickly shifted to a more public scale and atmospherics.
Yet while much was made at the time and since of the Combines' hostility to painting and their implications for practices external to it, seeing a quorum of them at the Met makes it clear that they were much more significant as a way for painting to have expanded and survived.
The Combines are the most nonverbal form of communication imaginable while being replete with nameable things.
As attempts to transcend normal notions of selfhood, the Combines explore deeply the defining conditions of personality.
The feathered denizens of works as diverse as Satellite and Inlet, 1959, inflect the Combines with strange backstories as well as reverberations of literal death.
For the brioche French toast, in a medium bowl, combine the eggs, cream, and mustard.
Remove from the heat, add the butter, thyme, and parsley and whisk to combine. Season and set aside keeping warm.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, heavy cream, salt, pepper, and mustard, Add the vegetables, sage, and cornbread and toss well to combine. Season and transfer to the prepared pan, place in the oven to bake until set, about 25 minutes.
For the bread and morel sausages, in a medium bowl, combine the pork butt, chicken, pork fat, parsley, basil ,garlic, and onion.
Add the whole grain and Dijon mustards, and butter whi to combine. Simmer for five minutes.
Remove from the heat, add the horseradish, parsley, and garlic, and toss to combine. Season and set aside keeping warm.
In a medium bowl, combine the egg yolks and sugar and whisk until smooth.