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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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Recently, Singh also released her first book, 'How To Be A Bawse,' her personal guide on how to conquer life and how she achieved success and happiness.
I want readers to work for their dreams, conquer life and fight for their happiness!
From then on, it's suggested that the main reason Alexander went on to conquer 90 percent of the known world was to get away from his mother.
Telogy Networks' systems-level approach allows it to conquer complex product development challenges.
He also conquers land as far west as Lake Balkhash (in modern-day Kazakhstan).
Genghis Khan rose to power to unify the various nomadic tribes of Mongolia in the late 1100s, and later set out to conquer other lands and peoples across Asia.
Impressed by the Inca wealth of gold and silver, Pizarro conquers Cuzco, the Inca capital, in 1533.
An Indian tribe known as the Inca begins to conquer Peru's other Indian groups.
The Ottoman Empire conquers the Arabs and gains control of Mesopotamia.
Alexander conquers Egypt, which the Persians had ruled harshly The Egyptian people rejoice, and crown Alexander pharaoh (god and king).
Callisthenes: Why did we bother to conquer the Persians if now we're going to act like them?