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us and them (or them and us)

Definition of us and them or them and us in English:

Expressing a sense of division within a group of people: negotiations were hampered by an ‘us and them’ attitude between management and unions
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  • It immediately removes the sense of us and them, the bunker-like mentality which so often exists.
  • He misled the trust board, his management style was perceived as ‘autocratic,’ and he was part of the ‘club culture which fostered a sense of them and us.’
  • I'd tried so hard to unite us as a family and felt this was destroyed within an instant - it was us and them and they liked it that way.
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