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both ways

adjective, adverb
1.
another term for each way
2.
(usually with a negative) have it both ways, to try to get the best of a situation, argument, etc, by chopping and changing between alternatives or opposites
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  • He wants to have it both ways, to have the splendours of success without the perils.

    Alarms and Discursions G. K. Chesterton
  • I will therefore do the work in both ways, that thus I may be better understood.

    Albert Durer T. Sturge Moore
  • Here I can stay, but would not; there I would, but cannot; both ways, miserable.

  • So it was with Montgomery, for he was enabled to besiege the fort in both ways.

  • It is probable that both ways might obtain; indeed we have some evidence to shew that the latter has sometimes been the case.

    The River-Names of Europe Robert Ferguson
Slang definitions & phrases for both ways
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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