Definition of if you can't beat them, join them in English:

if you can't beat them, join them

phrase

humorous
  • If you are unable to outdo rivals in some endeavour, you might as well cooperate with them and thereby possibly gain an advantage.

    • ‘But they have increasingly taken the view that if you can't beat them, join them, and begun offering similar, competitive services.’
    • ‘The only solution as far as I can see it is if you can't beat them, join them.’
    • ‘You're saying if you can't beat them, join them.’
    • ‘One strand of opinion, though, suggests that if you can't beat them, join them.’
    • ‘Like everyone says, if you can't beat them, join them.’
    • ‘But by the third time it happened, I decided if you can't beat them, join them.’
    • ‘But to anyone with eyes to see, popular culture is here to stay, and as the saying goes, if you can't beat them, join them.’
    • ‘Well, if you can't beat them, join them say I.’
    • ‘Steve took the view that if you can't beat them, join them.’
    • ‘They do say that if you can't beat them, join them.’