if you can't beat 'em, join 'em
Also, if you can't lick 'em, join 'em. If you can't defeat your opponents you might be better off by switching to their side. For example, Seeing that no one else was willing to stick with the old software program, Marcia learned the new one, noting if you can't beat 'em, join 'em, or I opposed a new school library, but the town voted for it, so I'll support it—if you can't lick 'em, join 'em. This expression dates from about 1940 and originally alluded to political opponents. The opposite idea is expressed in an advertising slogan used in the 1960s and 1970s by a cigarette company, in which the smoker would fight rather than switch brands.
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Not to be left behind, progressives in neighboring Wisconsin clamored to join the cutting edge of public health.
It was followed by several told-you-so articles with titles like “Have No Illusion: Islam Is the Enemy.”
Lucas answered immediately when asked why he wanted to join the NYPD.
Already, 10 Republicans have declared they will vote for an alternative candidate and more seemed poised to join.
He beat his illness twice, wrote about his battles with the disease, and continued broadcasting even as his health was failing.Remembering ESPN’s Sly, Cocky, and Cool Anchor Stuart Scott|Stereo Williams|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
If you have any thoughts of influencing me or my men to join the regular Confederate army, you may as well give up the idea.The Courier of the Ozarks|Byron A. Dunn
There'll be heaps uh fun in the Cypress Hills country when they get t' runnin' the whisky-jacks out.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
The children possessed themselves of the tent, and Mrs. Pontellier went over to join them.
Even if poverty were gone, the flail could still beat hard enough upon the grain and chaff of humanity.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice|Stephen Leacock
His face flushed with annoyance, and taking off his soft hat he began to beat it impatiently against his leg as he walked.