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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.
See also: and, conquer, divide

divide and conquer/rule/govern, to

To win by getting one’s opponents to fight among themselves. This strategy not only was discovered to be effective in wartime by the most ancient of adversaries, but was also applied to less concrete affairs by Jesus: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand” (Matthew 12:25). The exact term is a translation of a Roman maxim, divide et impera (divide and rule).
See also: and, conquer, divide, rule

love conquers all

True love triumphs over adversity. This ancient adage was first stated by the Roman poet Virgil in Ciris: “Omnia vincit amor: quid enim non vinceret ille?” (Love conquers all: for what could Love not conquer?). It has been repeated ever since, by Chaucer and Tennyson, among others, but it may be obsolescent.
See also: all, conquer, love
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She had sought refuge in Scotland with her brother, Edgar the Atheling, who was the Anglo-Saxon heir to the English throne when William I or William the Conqueror excluded him from the English succession.
Miss De Veere was the daughter of the 15th Earl of Oxford, a direct relative of William the Conqueror.
Alexander of Macedon, the great conqueror, every bit the equal of the great Persians Cyrus, Darius, and Xerxes, swept across the empire, establishing his own empire in its stead.
Conqueror of the world, emperor of the age, unconquered lord of the seven climes, scourge of god: an impressive collegian of accolades that certainly befit one of history's greatest conquerors.
His stint as corporate logo follows alternate incarnations as brutal conqueror, free trader, serial rapist, and avatar of religious tolerance.
In an interview just after The Aviator's Los Angeles premiere, DiCaprio talked about choosing the modern conqueror over the ancient one.
Alexander chose to winter in the liberated Egyptian nation; there, his weary troops could recover from months of incessant battle and the young conqueror could enjoy the praise of the natives and be received as their savior.
So when he sees the conqueror his resentment flares, and all the primordial urge to destroy comes to the surface as he turns his hatred on the conqueror.
Over the ages, the mellowed wails of old Jerusalem have echoed to the clash of arms, its labyrinthine streets stained by blood, as conqueror ousted conqueror -- 18 in all in its turbulent history.
Mountain Conquerors - All boards need at least one mountain conqueror.
Like William the Conqueror, one of the first and greatest practitioners of this form of conquest, the new ruler handed out parcels of land to be further entrusted down the social scale in committed but not yet realized units of organization, domination and revenue.
An anonymous monk at Nieder Alteich on the Danube quoted eye-witness reports on the victims of the battle of Hastings as early as 1075, while ten years later Frutolf of Michelsberg in Bamberg condemned William the Conqueror for having sent almost all the bishops of the kingdom into exile and the nobles to their death he forced the middle-rank soldiers into servitude and the wives of the Anglo-Saxons into marriage to the newcomers'.
One of the book's strengths is that Fleming clarifies the Norman process of dividing up England not simply in its own terms, but by contrasting events under William the Conqueror to those under King Cnut earlier in the eleventh century.
Her work, which was uneven in quality but rich in variety of theme and background, included The Californians (1898), Senator North (1900), The Conqueror (1902), Rezanov (1906), California: An Intimate History (1914), Black Oxen (1923), The Immortal Marriage (1927), and Adventures of a Novelist (1932).