Idiom – Can’t Beat Them, Join Them
Can’t Beat Them, Join Them – Idiom of the Day
If you are unable to defeat your opponents, might as well work with them, or do what they do, and thereby benefit.
The oldest use of this expression is in the Atlantic Monthly Magazine in 1932. Beyond that, its origins are shrouded in mystery.
- Chuck: I thought you said you’d never join social media.
- Mike: Yeah, but everybody else has, so if you can’t beat them, join them, I guess.
- Jill: I just got a kitten.
- Jane: I can’t believe it! You used to hate people who owned cats.
- Jill: If you can’t beat them, join them.
- Everyone seems to be buying these newfangled electric cars. I guess I better get mine too. If you can’t beat them, join them.
- Jim: Hey, Don! I heard you’re a Republican now.
- Don: Yeah, I thought to myself, if you can’t beat them, join them.
- I guess everyone’s going to vote Aruba for the company getaway, so I will too. You know what they say, if you can’t beat them, join them.
- With rising support for tighter immigration restrictions, the liberal party decided to cave in. After all, if you can’t beat them, join them.
- When asked why he is willing to help the new Government in formulating policy, the Opposition Leader simply said, if you can’t beat them, join them.