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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.
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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.
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divide and rule

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 rules all of her minions and makes sure they all dislike each other.
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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.
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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

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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’.
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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.
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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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Even for those who incorporate humor into their narrative styles, when they write about prelapsarian Jewish existence, their descriptions of European Jewish life are colored by the dark tones of the Holocaust, Burstein suggests, creating a striking psychic dividedness (Telling, pp.
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It is discernible as far as the Inferno is concerned both in the preliminary moment of self-recognition in the dark wood--the moment in which, conscious of his dividedness on the plane of willing, the poet-pilgrim contemplates self in the inexplicability of self (2)--and in the moment of his justification, the moment in which, quickened by Vergil's proclamation of grace in Canto II, he sets about the business of self-renewal with fresh courage.
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