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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.
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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These and other texts describe Bacchus in Iberia and highlight two aspects of his activities: his role as the giver of wine, bringing humanity relief from the burdens of daily life; and his role as conqueror and ruler of Iberia.
Andy Roddick looks nailedon to see off Richard Gasquet's conqueror Radek Stepanek.
I'll have my eyes firmly fixed on Ballymac Niloc (unbeaten in seven starts last year, and twice conqueror of smart Blonde Boss at Nottingham), Robbie De Niro (hugely impressive winner of all three outings for Lister in 2005, and conqueror of Droopys Shearer as a pup), Farloe Verdict (brilliant winner last year before going lame at Wimbledon) and Bell Devotion (successful in 13 of his 21 runs).
And the spicy broth was supposedly the cause of a quarrel in the 11th century between William the Conqueror and the gluttonous Phillip I, king of France.
It's interrupted by an earthquake, which exposes Alexander the Great's long lost underwater vault, where the conqueror hid a sparkling orb that is actually a map to another remote location where he hid the original Pandora's Box .
Henman will now face Gaston Gaudio after the Argentinian defeated Greg Rusedski's conqueror Julien Boutter, of France, 7-6 2-6 6-1.
She has been responsible for launching Freedom Scientific's "Dealer First" program and for introducing a series of innovative marketing and customer initiatives such as Freedom's Technology Scholarship Program, Product Advisory Board and sponsorship of Erik Weihenmayer, the blind conqueror of Mt.
Come to me as a man, not a conqueror,'' one of his conquests purrs - what megalomaniac with a short-guy complex wouldn't be won over by a line like that?
Sakhee's Prix Gontaut-Biron conqueror Wellbeing would be the one to beat if judged on that Deauville victory in August, but he disappointed when finishing tailed off in the Prix Dollar last time.
Her family tree on her father's side currently dates back to 12th-century Europe, with William the Conqueror of Yorkshire and Count Drago, who supposedly were cousins.
PRETTY Polly Stakes winner Mot Juste, fourth in the Vodafone Oaks last month, could take on her Epsom conqueror Imagine again in the Kildangan Stud Irish Oaks at The Curragh on July 14.
The Conqueror would crow about his current job and remain silent about the ones he lost.
Today, take a short trip through the Long Beach Harbor aboard the research vessel Conqueror and look for the migrating gray whales.
The third and final game in the award-winning Worms series, Worms Armageddon challenges the player to become supreme conqueror of the worm-scape by using their wits and a wacky assortment of weapons.
Conqueror of Brave Inca at Down Royal last week, Mac's Joy is set to receive 8lb.