serve two masters

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to take orders from two superiors or two conflicting parties

Etymology:

  • From Matthew 6:4 in the King James Bible.
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I suspect that Mr Paisley would have been familiar with the biblical quotation: "No man can serve two masters - you cannot serve God and Mammon" (Matthew 6 v 24).

Submitted on July 10, 2018

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