Play Both Ends Against the Middle

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To take advantage by causing two opposing groups stand against each other, dishonestly misusing two forces for the sake of attaining ones selfish purpose

Etymology:

  • This is 19th century phrase. It is thought to have originated from a famous card game called faro which was played in America. In this game of cards, the broker or dealer played trick by allowing a player to have double bet. This phrase was later used to apply in life situations in which you unfairly use two opponent groups or parties to meet ones selfish ends.
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Those who play both ends against the middle never get benefited or fulfill their selfish aims in real sense.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

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