a one-way street

a one-way street

A situation, agreement, or relationship in which only one side or party is benefitting or has any power, influence, or control. You can't always decide what we're going to do next, Mary. This relationship is not just a one-way street, you know. I'm starting to think that this partnership with the government is a one-way street. They keep putting demands on us, but they've given us very little support in return.
See also: street
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Unfortunately, the synthetic equity rules are a one-way street. If synthetic equity causes a person to be disqualified, it will be counted.