divide and conquer


variants or divide and rule
: to make a group of people disagree and fight with one another so that they will not join together against one
His military strategy is to divide and conquer.

Examples of divide and conquer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Our languages have always acknowledged that humanity of familial relationships against the age-old tactic of entities using divide and conquer. Tomris Laffly, IndieWire, 20 June 2024 The movement, which was made up of local committees, professional associations, and political parties, was prone to splits, a tendency abetted by the tireless efforts of the two warlords to divide and conquer. Alex De Waal, Foreign Affairs, 27 Apr. 2023 In a joint statement, Rohingya activists urged the Arakan Army leadership not to fall into the military’s trap of playing divide and conquer by trying to pit the two communities against each other. Verena Hölzl, New York Times, 3 June 2024 For over a decade, Netanyahu pursued a policy of weakening Palestinian moderates and strengthening Hamas in order to divide and conquer and prevent the creation of a Palestinian state. Matthew Weinstein, Baltimore Sun, 19 Apr. 2024 Clive Owen hopes to divide and conquer with his dual Emmy submissions this year. Clayton Davis, Variety, 10 Apr. 2024 That might raise eyebrows from competitors about where that close partnership ends—indeed, whether Xpeng and Volkswagen could strategize to divide and conquer. Byryan Hogg, Fortune Europe, 2 Apr. 2024 In short, the Academy Awards’ ability to divide and conquer worked for a number of years. Fran Hoepfner, The Atlantic, 10 Mar. 2024 And then Kate had a hand in that, and obviously Sandra was planting the seed with you to try to divide and conquer. EW.com, 8 Mar. 2024

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“Divide and conquer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/divide%20and%20conquer. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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