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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.
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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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A literal reading of the Talmud implies that Sihon conquered land from both Ammon and Moab; and that the Israelites conquered those territories from him.
Irish climber Hannah Shields also conquered Everest on Friday.
It is a matter of record that Muslim armies frequently behaved in exactly the same way when entering a conquered city.
Adams, Simon, Alexander: The Boy Soldier Who Conquered the World (National Geographic Society, 2005).
Goodness is defined as being conquered, evil as being the conqueror.
Among those blissfully conquered was Paul Colin, a young artist, set designer, and caricaturist.
After defeating the AI Generals, players will have the ability to select conquered armies to play online.
Sargon, who conquered the city-states of southern Mesopotamia, is the first great empire builder of history.
Massacring many of the people that he conquered, so as to leave no enemies and to strike fear in would-be foes, Genghis Khan ultimately controlled a massive empire ranging from today's Afghanistan across China.
Most previous historical comparisons of the United States and South Africa have focused on policies directed at conquered Africans and ex-slaves of African descent, especially legally-enforced racial segregation.
conquered a mean slot limit and competitive bracket format to claim $260,000 cash as the winner of the 2002 Wal-Mart FLW Tour Championship presented by Castrol on Cross Lake in Shreveport, La.
Everything else we know about him, we learned from the people he conquered.
the Hebrews, a Semitic people, conquered northern Canaan during the time the Philistines, a non-Semitic people from Crete, conquered southern Canaan.
Between the eleventh and the fourteenth centuries, a culture that first began in Frankish Europe, spread out from a base of France, Northern Italy and Western Germany, and systematically conquered and (re)settled regions from Southwest Spain and Mediterranean islands to the Dead Sea rift, from the Irish valleys and the Norse fjords to the Eastern reaches of the Baltic Sea.
Wilson suspects that the few cobbles that were completely conquered by Amplexopora may not have been overturned because these animals built up a massive colony in a shape that stabilized the cobble.