two-way street(redirected from a 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.
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.
two-way streeta situation or relationship between two people or groups in which action is required from both parties; something that works both ways.
n. a reciprocal situation. This is a two-way street, you know. You will have to help me someday in return.
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.