stoop to conquer

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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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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.
Bent scored the opener, stooping to conquer with a powerful header from Quinn's corner kick.
STOOPING TO CONQUER Irish striker Shane Long clinches Championship side Reading's stunning win at Anfield last night in extra time