divide and conquer

variants: or

divide and rule

Definition of divide and conquer

  1. :  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.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to separate into two or more parts, areas, or groups

    :  to separate into classes, categories, or divisions

    :  cleave, part

  1. :  an act of dividing

    :  a dividing ridge between drainage areas

    :  a point or line of division or disagreement

  1. :  to gain or acquire by force of arms :  subjugate

    :  to overcome by force of arms :  vanquish

    :  to gain mastery over or win by overcoming obstacles or opposition

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a brief usually trivial fact

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