us-and-them

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us-and-them (not comparable)

  1. Being or pertaining to a divisive belief whereby those outside one's immediate circle are regarded as enemies.
    • 1987, New York Magazine
      Good football teams always have an us-and-them mentality; there are the 45 players and their coaches, and then there is everybody else.
    • 1992, Jack Dunham, Stress in Teaching
      ...one of the major concerns by staff is the lack of social contact with an SMT and an 'us and them' syndrome developing.
    • 2006, Keith Oatley, Dacher Keltner, Jennifer M Jenkins, Understanding Emotions
      We described above how a solution to the problem of interpersonal feuding has been to devolve such feuds to an authority such as the police. But what if the police behave in an us-and-them way?