a two-way street

a two-way street

  (mainly American)
if a situation between two people is a two-way street, both people must make an equal effort in order to achieve good results Talks with the nurses have to be a two-way street - if they want to discuss salaries, we want to discuss their performance.
See also: street
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That's OK--both you and your dude should make it a point to learn that to avoid collisions, the relationship has to be on a two-way street, whether you stay together or not.