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a house divided against itself cannot stand

If a group's members are in perpetual disagreement, the group will eventually cease to exist. The phrase is derived from a verse in the Bible (Mark 3:25) and was popularized in an 1858 speech by Abraham Lincoln. The candidate urged the members of his political party to unite because he understood that a house divided against itself cannot stand.

divide (something) by (something)

To divide something into a specified number of parts, which is listed after "by." 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 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 (something) 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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divided on (someone or something)

In disagreement about something. With so many senators divided on this tax bill, I doubt it will pass. The principal and the cafeteria monitor are divided on how to punish the boys for starting the food fight. The hiring committee is divided on this candidate. Some are not unconvinced that he has sufficient experience.
See also: divided, on

divide and rule

To gain or maintain power by fomenting discord among people so that they do not unite in opposition. The ascendancy of the faction occurred because they were able to divide and rule—they fooled the other parties into fighting while they rose to power.
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divided against itself

In perpetual disagreement, as of the members of a group. The phrase is derived from "a house divided against itself cannot stand," a Bible verse (Mark 3:25) that was popularized in an 1858 speech by Abraham Lincoln. The candidate urged the members of his political party to unite because he understood that a house divided against itself cannot stand.
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divided on

having differing opinions about someone or something. Our opinions are divided on what is going to happen. We were divided on Ann. Some of us wanted to choose her; some did not.
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A house divided against itself cannot stand.

Prov. If the members of a group fight each other, the group will disintegrate. (Often the group under discussion is a family.) The leader of the newly formed union tried hard to reconcile the different factions within his organization, because he knew that a house divided against itself cannot stand.

United we stand, divided we fall.

Prov. People who join together as a group are much harder to defeat than they would be separately. The tenants of this building must band together if we are to make the landlord agree to our demands. United we stand, divided we fall! We had better all agree on what we are going to say to the boss before we go in there and say it. United we stand, divided we fall.
See also: divided, fall, united, we

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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divided against itself

(of a group which should be a unified whole) split by factional interests.
This expression originates in Jesus's words in Matthew 12:25: ‘every city or house divided against itself shall not stand’.
See also: divided, itself

a house divided

a group or organization weakened by internal dissensions.
This phrase alludes to Matthew 12:25: ‘Every city or house divided against itself shall not stand’, that is, will be unable to withstand external pressures.
See also: divided, house

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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Morris added: "At present all divided races, bar higher quality handicaps, are reduced by 30 per cent for each division and this has been the case for several years, although the percentage reduction before last year was 20 per cent.
Alpines can also be divided in much the same way, although obviously they are on a much smaller scale and can generally just be pulled apart.
menu pricing using the food cost percent method--Raw food cost divided by food cost percent
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The amount is the value of all items produced by the country in a year, divided by the population.
A CPA CONSULTING IN A DIVORCE CASE will address tax issues such as the taxability of support, the basis of property to be divided, the impact of the allocation of the dependency exemptions and the timing of the divorce or separation.
Most perennials can be divided as soon as they are through blooming for the year.
It is they which evoke remembrances of a lost war and exiled dynasty, a failed republic, a terrorist dictatorship, and horrendous devastation in the wake of still another lost war, and, finally, the trauma of a divided city.
East Coast journalists typically equate "minority" with "African American," portraying the country as divided between black and white.
The south part of it can be divided off and turned into a lecture theatre by means of a sliding door drawn out of the partition wall and suspended from an industrial steel track.
Late-summer- and autumn-blooming plants such as aster, Rudbeckia, and purple cone-flower can be divided in late fall or spring.
How do you feel about your working time is divided among the different things that you usually do on the job.
Hospital inpatient operating expense is divided by the total number of cases used in the predicted cost/case calculations to estimate an actual average cost/case.