If you can't beat 'em, join 'em!

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em!
If you can't beat 'em, (join 'em)! informal something that you say when you decide to do something bad because other people are getting an advantage from doing it and you cannot stop them..

If everyone else is making a bit of money out of it I will too. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em, is what I say.


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  • if you can't beat 'em join 'em — if you can’t beat ’em join ’em phrase used for saying that you are going to start doing the same as other people because you have tried to do something different and it has failed Thesaurus: to copy someone or somethingsynonym Main entry: beat …   Useful english dictionary

  • if you can’t beat them, join them — Lick is more usual in the US. 1941 Q. REYNOLDS Wounded don’t Cry i. There is an old political adage which says ‘If you can’t lick ’em, jine ‘em’. 1953 P. GALLICO Foolish Immortals xvii. It was vital to him to get the reins back into his own hands …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • if you can't beat them, join them — see ↑beat, 1 • • • Main Entry: ↑join * * * if you can t beat them, ˈjoin them idiom (saying) if you cannot defeat sb or be as successful as they are, then it is more sensible to join them in what they are doing and perhaps get some advantage for… …   Useful english dictionary

  • if you can't beat 'em join 'em — used for saying that you are going to start doing the same as other people because you have tried to do something different and it has failed …   English dictionary

  • if you can't beat 'em join 'em — if you are unable to defeat them then work with them …   English contemporary dictionary

  • If you can't beat 'em! — If you can t beat em, (join em)! informal something that you say when you decide to do something bad because other people are getting an advantage from doing it and you cannot stop them.. If everyone else is making a bit of money out of it I will …   New idioms dictionary

  • if you can't beat them join them — if you are unable to defeat them then work with them …   English contemporary dictionary

  • beat — UK US /biːt/ verb [T] (beat, beaten, US also beat) ► to do better than someone or something: »Yesterday s close beat the record set Feb. 1. »With their lowest price guarantee, they will beat the price of a competitor s product by 10%. beat… …   Financial and business terms

  • join — (v.) c.1300, from stem of O.Fr. joindre join, connect, unite; have sexual intercourse with (12c.), from L. iungere to join together, unite, yoke, from PIE *yeug to join, unite (see JUGULAR (Cf. jugular)). Related: Joined; joining. In Middle… …   Etymology dictionary

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