know which side (one's) bread is buttered (on)

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know which side (one's) bread is buttered (on)

To know how to best ensure one's success. I know which side my bread is buttered on, so I was very nice to the recruiter and promptly sent her a thank you card after our interview.
See also: bread, butter, know, side
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know which side one's bread is buttered on

Prov. to be aware of where your money comes from; to be loyal to the person or thing that will benefit you the most. Wife: Please be sure not to upset Grandma. You know we can't do without the money she sends us every month. Husband: Don't worry. I know which side my bread is buttered on.
See also: bread, butter, know, on, side
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

know which side your bread is buttered

If you know which side your bread is buttered, you know what to do or who to please in order to put yourself in the best possible situation. Donald was a man who knew with utter clarity which side his bread was buttered. I'm in no doubt which side my bread is buttered for the present.
See also: bread, butter, know, side
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

know on which side your bread is buttered

know where your advantage lies.
See also: bread, butter, know, on, side
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

know which side your ˈbread is buttered

(informal) know what to do in order to gain advantages, stay in a favourable situation, etc: I’m sure Ray will make a special effort to please the new supervisor — after all, he knows which side his bread is buttered!
See also: bread, butter, know, side
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know what/which side of the bread is buttered (on), to

To know where one’s best interests lie. This metaphor appeared in John Heywood’s Proverbs of 1546 (“I know on which syde my bread is buttered”), and was used so often over the centuries that it was a cliché by about 1800.
See also: bread, butter, know, of, side, to, what
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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