play both ends against the middle
phrasal to set opposing interests against each other to one's own ultimate profit

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  • play both ends against the middle — ► play both ends against the middle keep one s options open by supporting opposing sides. Main Entry: ↑play …   English terms dictionary

  • play both ends against the middle — phrasal : to play off opposing interests against each other to one s own ultimate profit * * * play both ends against the middle informal phrase to make two people or groups oppose each other so that you can gain something Thesaurus: to cause… …   Useful english dictionary

  • play both ends against the middle — American, informal to try to make two people or groups compete with each other in order to get an advantage for yourself. He s playing both ends against the middle telling two prospective employers that the other has offered a higher salary …   New idioms dictionary

  • play both ends against the middle — place two sides in opposition in order to try and attain an advantage …   English contemporary dictionary

  • play both ends against the middle — informal to make two people or groups oppose each other so that you can gain something …   English dictionary

  • play both ends against the middle — idi to maneuver opposing groups in order to benefit oneself …   From formal English to slang

  • Characters of Malcolm in the Middle — The cast of Malcolm in the Middle in season 1. (From upper left to upper right) Christopher Kennedy Masterson as Francis, Jane Kaczmarek as Lois and Bryan Cranston as Hal. (Middle) Frankie Muniz as Malcolm. (Bottom left to bottom right) Erik Per… …   Wikipedia

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  • play — ► VERB 1) engage in games or other activities for enjoyment rather than for a serious or practical purpose. 2) take part in (a sport or contest). 3) compete against. 4) take a specified position in a sports team. 5) represent (a character) in a… …   English terms dictionary

  • play — [plā] vi. [ME plein < OE plegan, to play, be active] 1. to move lightly, rapidly, or erratically; flutter [sunlight playing on the waves] 2. to amuse oneself, as by taking part in a game or sport; engage in recreation 3. to take active part in …   English World dictionary

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