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two-way street

A situation in which both sides must put forth an equal amount of effort to achieve a desired result. Respect is a two-way street—you have to give it if you expect to receive it.
See also: street
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

two-way street

a reciprocal situation. This is a two-way street, you know. You will have to help me someday in return. Friendship is a two-way street.
See also: street
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

two-way street

a situation or relationship between two people or groups in which action is required from both parties; something that works both ways.
See also: street
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

two-way street

n. a reciprocal situation. This is a two-way street, you know. You will have to help me someday in return.
See also: street
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

two-way street

A reciprocal situation. This figure of speech applies to a roadway in which traffic can move in opposite directions. Its figurative use dates from the mid-1900s. The Times Literary Supplement used it on November 21, 1975, “Tolerance . . . was a two-way street.
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The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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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.