if you can't beat 'em

if you can't beat 'em

If you can't defeat your opponent, then you might as well work alongside them or do what they do. A shortening of the phrase "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em." A: "I thought you said you'd never join social media." B: "Yeah, but everybody else has, so if you can't beat 'em."
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If you can't beat 'em join 'em, says EMMA JOHNSON as she picks out some cool blue hues to wake up your New Year wardrobe Jumbo lattice grey jumper PS35, pale blue double breasted crombie coat PS59, 4 way stretch leggings PS30, all Miss Selfridge, missselfridge.
And the resonant clang of a hammer's loud bang Makes me wince with the sound of each blow We decide to sit out in the garden a while And smell the carnations and stocks But we sigh in despair as thick smoke fills the air With the smell of burnt barbecued chops At the end of the day we can climb into bed And thankfully switch out the light But a party's begun in a garden somewhere Fills the air with loud shrieks of delight Well, we have to give in, for we really can't win And we've jobs that need doing ourselves If you can't beat 'em, join 'em - so we'll just mow the lawn Mend the fences and put up some shelves.
As the saying goes, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em.
Well, there's an old saying - if you can't beat 'em, join 'em - and those helpful people at Wirral Environmental Network suggest you do just that .
AT the risk of rubbing salt in the World Cup wounds (or not, if the icy roads are anything to go by), if you can't beat 'em.
If You Can't Beat 'em, Join 'em Jim Mosteller Amalia Publishing 6725 Kingery Highway, Willowbrook, IL 60527 9780979113703, $24.
For such detractors, the sassily titled follow-up, If You Can't Beat 'Em, Bite 'Em, will come as no reprieve.
If you can't beat 'em, join 'em, and that's just what I intend to do.
If you can't beat 'em, join 'em--and that's just what I intend to do.
Simply put, in the face of global criticism fast approaching worldwide rage, Japan seems to be saying: If you can't beat 'em, eat 'em.
But even if you can't beat 'em, you can impress the heck out of 'em with your major-league knowledge of the game.
Tobacco giant Philip Morris has adopted a new strategy to boost brand loyalty: if you can't beat 'em, greet 'em.
Logline: If you can't beat 'em, join 'em: Showrunner and ersatz lawyer David E.
Hip-hop is if you can't join 'em, beat 'em; if you can't beat 'em, blunt 'em.
And besides, if you can't beat 'em you might as well join 'em.
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