play one against another(redirected from playing one against another)
play one against another
To manipulate two opposing sides of an argument, conflict, competition, etc., against one another for one's own benefit or advantage. My father and my uncle are engaged in a bitter business rivalry. If I can play one against another, I might be able to secure some sizeable investments for my own company. Janet really dislikes Mary and wants to date her boyfriend Mike, so she's been playing one against another to get them to break up.
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- play (someone) off against (someone)
- play both ends
- play both ends against the middle
- play both ends against the middle, to
- play each end against the other
- play each side against the other
- play off against
- play one end against the other
- play one off against another/each other/the other
- play one side against the other