divide and conquer

idiom
variants: or divide and rule
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of divide and conquer

: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

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

  2. : to separate into classes, categories, or divisions

  3. : cleave, part

  1. : an act of dividing

  2. : a dividing ridge between drainage areas

  3. : a point or line of division or disagreement

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

  2. : to overcome by force of arms : vanquish

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


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