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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 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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divided on (someone or something)

In disagreement about something. Primarily heard in UK. 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.
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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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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.
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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

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divide and rule

BRITISH
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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But at such moments the poem dramatizes the darker underside of the hero's more vaunting assertions, and heralds Arnold's sense of human dividedness.
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So it was all the more painful to discover that the dividedness of our churches did not (yet) allow us to share communion at our Lord's table.
The spiritual doubts, anguish, and dividedness of the literature of the era have long been recognized.
Your universal love transcends our own dividedness.
It presents some concluding remarks about the idea of a constructive dividedness of mind.
In the case of both Blake and Huxley, as is revealed in Merton's well-known autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain (1948), he came to see the primary importance of asceticism as a liberating of the self from fragmentation and dividedness.
Attack from without has sparked dividedness within.
Zatlers's involvement in the meeting was made necessary in the first place due to a political dividedness in today's government, as political parties are gridlocked in their attempts to formulate a state budget.
That dividedness within the act of counting, whether social or poetic, is Wordsworth's poem's "other" or even "total" meter.
Then, he reflects on the different conceptions of Heaney's struggles in his early career to develop his own identity, seeking to understand and reconcile a number of conflicts both personal and cultural: "his own divergence from his family's tradition or rural labor, the sense of dividedness between English and native influences in his own environment, divisiveness between Irish Protestants and Catholics, and his reluctance to emulate without qualification the literary predecessors of his native land" (54).
42) But whereas his earlier focus had been on the fragmentation within the Christian Church, his attention in the post-conciliar years was directed toward personal dimensions of alienation, and certain social dimensions insofar as they affected the personal: "This, then, is the universal human predicament: the dividedness of man.
However, recently we seem to have rejoiced in our dividedness, and in so doing have hidden the face of Christ like a smashed church window.
With this in mind, I want to conclude this section by looking briefly at a 1972 essay by Cardinal Avery Dulles in which he described five ecclesiological "types," five ways of responding to the tension between the church's necessary unity and its actual dividedness.
Dividedness, or the "double life" that gave its title to his previous book (Louisiana State University Press, 2004), reveals itself in new ways in The Narrows: an awareness that the past is at once irretrievable and inescapable; that the generations that went before us, even if at only one remove, will always remain unknowable and fascinating; that thinking about what it is to be an American, or Irish, or Irish-American, will--like thinking about what it is to be part of a family--conjure loyalties and sadnesses far outside rationality; and a reckoning with the elusive meanings of "home," as well as with the lived reality of dislocation, even exile.