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unite against (someone or something)

1. To join or combine with someone or something in order to oppose someone or something else. Though normally distrustful of each other, the two countries decided to unite against the growing threat from their neighbor to the north. Though we may have different beliefs and opinions, we must remain united against hate and oppression.
2. To cause multiple people, groups, or organizations to join or combine together in opposition to someone or something else. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "unite" and "against." The unprovoked attack united the entire region against the small militant nation. The execution of the rebels united the citizens of the country against the colonial rule of the foreign kingdom.
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unite for (someone or something)

To join or combine (with someone or something) for some particular task or action. Military forces from the two countries united for an attack against their neighbor to the north. Our two companies are uniting for a revolutionary new service to our consumers.
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unite in (someone or something)

1. To join or combine (with someone or something) in some particular task, action, or event. Despite our differences, our two countries have united in the war against terror. The various companies announced that they are all united in their opposition to the proposed legislation.
2. To join two or more people or groups together in some union or partnership. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "unite" and "against." I just believe a priest must be the one to unite you in marriage—to me, it isn't marriage if religion isn't a factor in it.. The goal of the charity event its to unite people in a wonderful cause.
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unite into (someone or something)

1. To join or combine (with someone or something) to form some larger or more powerful group or thing. The peasants united into a rebellion that overthrew the aristocracy. The smallest observable components of the universe—the proton, neutron, and electron—unite into an atom, the building block of matter.
2. To join, combine, or cause to combine multiple people or things to form some larger or more powerful group or thing. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "unite" and "into." The king's plan was to conquer the surrounding regions and unite the lands into a new empire. The merger unites two of the largest companies in the world into a behemoth with control over 75% of all global media.
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unite with (someone or something)

1. To join or combine with someone or something. We are proud to unite with GlobalCorp on this exciting new project. The country united with its neighbor to defend their shared border against the enemy.
2. To join or combine two or more people, things, or groups together. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "unite" and "with." The our exciting platform is aimed at uniting up-and-coming businesses with investors eager to back a winning horse! The government's latest proposal unites the president's desire for stronger military with his opposition's desire for an increase in taxes.
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united we stand(, divided we fall)

We are much more powerful and likely to succeed when we work together toward a common purpose. If we all refuse to work, they will have no choice but to meet our demands, but only if each and every one of us refuses to bend. United we stand, but divided we fall! My fellow citizens, in this dark time, it is important now more than ever to remember that united we stand. It is in that unity that we will overcome this great difficulty that lies before us.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

united we stand

There is strength in union. This expression is derived from numerous similar ones pronounced by leaders in ancient Greece, Rome, and other states. The Romans said unitate fortior, a translation from the Greek of Periander, the tyrant of Corinth (ca. 627–586 b.c.). American patriots revived the completion of the phrase, divided we fall, which became a kind of national slogan in the nineteenth century. However, it also was applied to entities smaller than a nation. “The prosperity of the House of Rothschild is due to the unity . . . of its members . . . a fresh example of the saying that ‘union is strength’” (Edward Walford, Tales of Great Families, 1877). Today the cliché is often used in a semijocular fashion, as, for example, by a doubles team in tennis.
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The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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