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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 generating tension among others, epecially those less powerful, 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.
See also: and, conquer, divide

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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First, as we have seen, Mary's awe-inspiring effect on the speaker as an apparent model of ideal womanhood--saintly, unattainable, and chaste--is countered by his reconfiguration of her as an errant and conquerable Eve.
Counselors can present weaknesses or areas for improvement as conquerable challenges that can be mastered (Silverman, 1989; Whitmore & Maker, 1985).
When infatuation and passion are central, a couple "madly in love" perceives the entire world as a perfect paradise, one that is completely predictable and conquerable.
I'd like to see us pick one conquerable target company and really go after it until we get a serious concession," said Larry Weiss, coordinator of the Labor, Globalization and Human Rights Project of the Resource Center of the Americas.
It is true that famine is conquerable and can be eradicated from most parts of Africa.
Outer space became cold war territories, conquerable by whichever superpower proved technologically superior.
Like nature, the machine was a "she," threatening, but conquerable by force of masculine reason and muscle.
If health, so defined, is deemed normal and achievable, then all disease, aging, unhappiness, and even death are unnatural and perhaps conquerable.
Technology is conquerable," attests Reneta Webb, who serves as director of professional development, Medical Library Association (MLA), Chicago.
But rather highlight conquerable challenges for newspapers in the 21st Century.
The people are physically divided and therefore economically conquerable.
Conducting two experiments - one with black school children in North Carolina and one with undergraduate students from underrepresented high schools at Princeton University - the researchers found that when they reframed a math test as a challenge versus an exam, students from the threatened group applied greater focus and perceived the task as conquerable.
ARMED with the impression that the enemy is conquerable, Alaska guns for a commanding 20 lead over Rain or Shine as their Final Four series in the PBA Philippine Cup resumes today at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.
IT may yet prove conquerable, but Ian Bogie fears Gateshead might face a "mountain to climb" should they fail to close the gap on the Blue Square Bet Premier summit tonight, writes STEVE BROWN.
Keeping our minds open to the new, unfamiliar and unexpected may require us to strengthen our resolve, but only a conquerable cowardice would prevent that action," he said.