To know who has the upper hand/power in a situation before you take on someone who can make your situation worse
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A mother might say to her son that he best not be mad at his father, lest he know what side of the bread his butter's on

Submitted on July 07, 2010

Modified by TriplePurple on February 27, 2024

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savoir de quel côté son pain est beurré

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