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border (up)on (something)

1. Literally, to be positioned next to something. France borders upon Spain to the south. That shed definitely borders on our property.
2. To share similarities with something without being identical to it. Be careful, some sections of this paper are bordering on plagiarism.
See also: border

work both sides of the street

1. Literally, to occupy positions on both sides of a single street in order to sell something to people walking on either side. Our sales were doing OK, but it wasn't until I hired a second food truck and started working both sides of the street that things really took off.
2. To aid, support, or engage with both sides of some issue, situation, agenda, competition, etc. Usually used with the implication of doing so in a duplicitous manner to benefit one's own interests or agenda, though not always. She was accused of working both sides of the street, acting as a legal adviser for groups trying to legalize recreational cannabis while also serving on the board of several organizations that have tried to quash actions. Look, I've been working both sides of the street in Washington for years, negotiating the rather volatile divide between corporate and political interests very carefully.
See also: both, of, side, street, work

border (up)on something

1. Lit. [for something] to touch upon a boundary. (Upon is more formal and less commonly used than on.) Our property borders on the lakeshore. The farm borders upon the railroad tracks.
2. Fig. [for some activity or idea] to be very similar to something else. (Not usually physical objects. Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) This notion of yours borders upon mutiny! That plan borders on insanity.
See also: border, on

work both sides of the street

Engage in doubledealing, be duplicitous, as in The real estate agent was known for working both sides of the street, advising first the buyer and then the seller . This metaphoric term transfers opposite sides of a street to opposite sides of a negotiation.
See also: both, of, side, street, work

border on

or border upon
1. To be next to something in location: New York State borders on Lake Ontario. My property borders upon a small lake.
2. To come close to being something, especially in association, meaning, or intent; verge on something: Your harsh criticism borders on being offensive. Some of their jokes were funny, but others bordered upon the ridiculous!
See also: border, on

work both sides of the street

To engage in double-dealing; be duplicitous.
See also: both, of, side, street, work
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Andy Ramirez, chairman of the California-based Friends of the Border Patrol, told THE NEW AMERICAN that the Compean/ Ramos case "is the greatest miscarriage of justice I have ever seen.
Calling attention to the thousands of deaths along the border, Morones symbolically laid out 4,000 wooden crosses along the entrance to the station.
JS recently spoke with him at a church shelter in Reynosa, a large Mexican city across the border from McAllen, Texas (see map, p.
Cebrian also anticipates adding environmental studies and "green" technologies to Mexican engineering curricula and expanding environmental studies at universities in the border states.
This year, the Border Patrol opened its new subsector in Douglas with a tall watch-tower that marks the landscape and greets drivers as they reach the town on Highway 80.
Although all of this work is being done to reduce cross border delays for trucks, members of some northern trucking companies say they have not had too many problems crossing the border.
Etched on her hand is a cryptic tattoo, "mi vida loca," a revealing allegory of life on the border.
has every moral and legal right to control its border as it sees fit, but 1,200 or so deaths should mean something--do mean something--and have to be part of the policy-making equation.
Soon, unscrupulous developers began offering building lots for sale on county tracts, well beyond the reach of planning departments and building-code inspectors in border cities.
The meeting made clear that the United States is aiming to merge functions with Canada and Mexico and is pushing to allow the citizens from Mexico, Canada, and the United States to cross borders at will.
I'm extremely concerned about potential terrorists sneaking across that border.
California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation (CRLAF) says they've documented 2,400 migrant deaths in the border region since 1995 from drowning, dehydration, heat stroke, hypothermia, suffocation in trucks and trains, traffic accidents, and homicide.
Mexico border region stretches about 100 kilometers out from either side of the boundary.
You'd better not have "the look," as one local writer calls it--attire that shouts "illegal alien" to the Border Patrol, like polyester pants, loud makeup, or cowboy boots with slanted heels.
side of the border - a practice known as out-shopping.