work both sides of the street


work both sides of the street
   to serve people with conflicting interests
   To work a street was to attempt to sell goods from door to door, not always honestly, as different from to work the streets:
    For years he'd been a Mr Fixit, working both sides of the street. (Deighton, 1988)

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