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stoop to conquer

To adopt a role, position, attitude, behavior, undertaking, etc., that is seen as being beneath one's abilities or social position in order to achieve one's end. The wealthy congressman has to start taking advantage of more popular, mainstream entertainment platforms because the only way he can come back at this point is if he stoops to conquer.
See also: conquer, stoop
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STOOPING TO CONQUER Foden's early diving header proved to be the clincher for City
And everybody seems to be stooping to conquer these days.
stoop the BH In blustery conditions, it took Berba just 10 minutes to put the wind up Big Sam, stooping to conquer at the far post after Bryan Ruiz, Brede Hangeland and Hugo Rodallega all failed to get a touch on Damien Duff's free-kick.
STOOPING TO CONQUER: Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard scores his side's second at the Reebok yesterday
STOOPING TO CONQUER Murray gets the first of his treble with a header and (left) with match ball
STOOPING TO CONQUER Irish striker Shane Long clinches Championship side Reading's stunning win at Anfield last night in extra time
Bent scored the opener, stooping to conquer with a powerful header from Quinn's corner kick.
STOOPING TO CONQUER: Paul Leeman shrugs off Gavin Arthur as his Glens side increased their lead at the top to six points ahead of next Monday's clash with David Jeffrey's (inset) Linfield