both ways


  1. another term for each way
  2. have it both ways
    usually with a negative to try to get the best of a situation, argument, etc, by chopping and changing between alternatives or opposites
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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Example Sentences

He wants it both ways: he wants to stay alive but without hurting anyone.

“It cuts both ways,” says a Republican consultant involved in the Arkansas elections.

Power flows both ways, and people are complex in Happy Valley.

It is most commonly applied to informants who want to have the thing both ways.

Few are more capable of having the best of everything both ways.

The messenger looked both ways and finally turned up that sidewalk between the two tenements.

Either by physic forward or by clyster backward or both ways to get an easy and plentiful going to stool and breaking of wind.

The two boys was squatting back to back behind the pile, so they could watch both ways.

All the lower berths going both ways are reserved two weeks ahead.

Bart and Mort tried both ways and like the climb better, though Kansas Jim would never take it.