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cross the Great Divide

To die. I'm really scared that mom is going to cross the Great Divide any day now. The doctors are saying that it's only a matter of time.
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divide (something) by (something)

To perform a division equation with two numbers. OK class, now what is the answer when we divide six by two?
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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.
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divide fifty-fifty

To split something evenly between both parties. I promised the kids that I would divide the last cookie fifty-fifty. Because you helped me so much with the yard sale, I want to divide the profits fifty-fifty.
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divide by something

to perform mathematical division by a particular number. Can you divide by sixteens? Add this figure to the next column and divide by twenty.
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something between people or things to give shares of something to specific people or groups. (In a strict sense, only between two entities. Informally, between two or more.) I will have to divide the toys between the two children. He divided the tasks between the day crew and the night crew.

divide something by something

 to perform mathematical division on something, using a particular number. Now, divide this sum by the figure in column seven. Can you divide
1. ,400 by 59?
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divide something fifty-fifty

 and split something fifty-fifty
to divide something into two equal parts. (The fifty means 50 percent.) Tommy and Billy divided the candy fifty-fifty. The robbers split the money fifty-fifty.
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divide something (off)

 (from something or animals)
1. to separate something from something else. Let's divide the chickens off from the ducks and put the chickens in the shed. We divided off the chickens from the ducks.
2. to separate something from something else, using a partition. We divided the sleeping area off from the rest of the room. A curtain was used to divide off a sleeping area.


(something) (up) (between someone or something) and divide something (up) (among someone or something) to give something out in shares to people or groups. (More informal with up. Between with two;among with more.) Please divide this up between the visitors. Cut the birthday cake and divide it up among all the party guests. Please divide up this pie between the children.

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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divide and rule (or conquer)

the policy of maintaining supremacy over your opponents by encouraging dissent between them, thereby preventing them from uniting against you.
This is a maxim associated with a number of rulers, and is found in Latin as divide et impera and in German as entzwei und gebiete . Since the early 17th century, English writers have often wrongly attributed it to the Italian political philosopher Niccolò Machiavelli ( 1469–1527 ).
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diˌvide and ˈrule

keep control over people by making them disagree with and fight each other, therefore not giving them the chance to unite and oppose you together: a policy of divide and rule
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great divide

n. a divorce. How did Sam survive the great divide?
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Looking to build a larger house on a piece of family property just southwest of Eugene, Susan Kelly Mitchell and her husband, Kurtis Mitchell, drew up a wish list of features: master bedroom with big walk-in closet, a big dividable room for their two young boys, two full bathrooms, high ceilings, lots of windows, spacious great room, office alcove, space for a piano and her grandparents' massive dining room set.
Fully renovated in 2005, the dividable space is still the newest in town, boasting a total of 7,920 square feet in a space that, at its largest, easily accommodates up to 1,000 guests.
This lease was part of a rare 18,000-s/f block of dividable space on the sixth floor that was available for the first time in several years at MerrittView.
A large dividable ballroom and four meeting venues are also planned for events and conferences.
Each unit on the resort's first four floors will be dividable into two sub-units of a two-bedroom suite with full kitchen and a studio unit with wet bar.
For the first time in several years, MerrittView has a block of 18,000 s/f of dividable space available for immediate occupancy on the sixth floor.
The new centre will include a reception and waiting rooms, six to eight counselling rooms, two treatment rooms, a dividable group room, amenities and associated staff areas.
The shelter will include six large bedrooms which are dividable, a large community kitchen where residents will cooperate in meal preparation and both kid-oriented and quiet common areas.
One of the houses, house 3 has, on the ground floor has a large, dividable conference room and meeting rooms on the upper floor.