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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.
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.
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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.
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The Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, Sibley Memorial, Suburban and Howard County General Hospitals are on a mission to conquer cancer and Ride dollars enable the continuity of supportive care programs and vital cancer research.
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Being a housewife and mother of two girls was hardly a deterrent for Premlata to conquer some of the highest peaks in the world.
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They included a lighter and coins and assistant ref Conquer was hit as he ushered Rangers players towards their own half and as he walked off at the end.
Conquer alerted match referee Craig Thomson to the incident and looked to be in pain as he held his elbow.
His attempt to climb all 14 ( dubbed Challenge 8000 ( has already seen the 50-year-old conquer Everest, K2 and Nanga Parbat.
Conquer says that research into omega-3 fatty acids in Alzheimer's disease is now taking two tracks.
The person who lives under the slave morality--and Nietzsche is convinced that includes most of us--resents deeply those who destroy and who conquer.
Centuries ago, Arab armies swept out of the Middle East to conquer other lands, planting their religion and language in these lands.
SHE'S conquered the pop world, is set to conquer the film world and now Britney Spears is about to conquer the fashion world by launching her own clothing range.
CEOs of fledgling websites are prone to brag, "we are conquering the world" rather than "we will conquer the world.
Reason could conquer the intangible mysteries that had stared down at humankind from the night sky since the dawn of time.