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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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One out of 10 dividing cells never completed the process and ended up as a single cell with two nuclei.
A team of German researchers reported at the same conference that among 13 HIV-positive patients, the concentration of actively dividing CD4 cells in their lymph nodes dropped during 9 to 12 months of therapy.
Other scientists searching for dividing heart cells had not tried that technique, he adds.
Although the investigators believe that the histone-GFP protein offers an excellent way to study overall chromosomal dynamics, including how DNA moves in a dividing cell, they have concentrated their initial efforts on double minute chromosomes.
Understanding how cells detect and respond to chromosomal problems while dividing and how mutations allow cancer cells to ignore those problems may eventually suggest new ways to kill tumor cells without harming healthy cells, says Vogelstein.
The one-half-millimeter specimens are relatively large and presumably contained an abundant supply of yolk to nourish the dividing cells.
Kinetochores and centrosomes play crucial roles in distributing identical sets of chromosomes within a dividing cell, says Potter.
and his colleagues showed that the cell modifies mutant Ras proteins before they send the signal to begin dividing wildly.
Gober of the University of California, Los Angeles describe how two recently discovered p roteins, ParA and ParB, may help partition chromosomes in a dividing bacterium.
High on the EMBL group's research agenda is determining how the DNA- covered beads induce microtubules to form and whether their proposed mechanism for spindle assembly is universal among dividing cells.
And since most cells in the human body are not dividing or are dividing very slowly, the novel vector has prompted renewed hope that gene therapy may someday fulfill its promise of curing genetic diseases such as cystic fibrosis and treating illnesses such as Alzheimer's.
Kolb plans to look for the brain region in which the new neurons originate and for signals that tell them to start dividing.
thermophila, telomerase maintains telomeres at a stable length; this makes the microorganism immortal, or capable of dividing indefinitely.
Next, the team flooded the cells with a radioactive tracer that marks dividing cells.
Dividing plants involves digging them up, splitting them into pieces which each have roots and growth shoots or buds, and then replanting them.