work both ways

work both ways

1. To have comparable effects for both parties involved in something We're willing to negotiate, but it has to work both ways—you need to compromise on some issues as well.
2. To produce both positive and negative effects, perhaps simultaneously. Unfortunately, for many families, the program works both ways. It provides opportunities, but it also prevents them from qualifying for other services.
See also: both, way, work
References in classic literature ?
No; but they say it is a poor rule that don't work both ways," answered the Scarecrow; "and these females are also of the opinion that men have ruled the land long enough.
It is a scenario which could work both ways for Liverpool, who have consistently finished in the top four but are struggling to do so this season.
We have to be wary of what we say in case we cause offence - but this does not seem to work both ways.
Additionally, she covered the issue of loyalty by both real estate brokers and prospective buyers, that honesty and ethics work both ways and cautioned prospective buyers to resist the temptation of purchasing the property directly from the seller without the knowledge of the broker after they have been shown the property by the broker.
NOTORIOUS CYPHERPUNK ACTIVIST Jim Bell is heading to jail again for what he sees as a mere attempt to remind the government that surveillance can work both ways.
Washington coach Rick Neuheisel said the layoff can work both ways, and it all depends on how his Huskies perform.
Both Gotham and Citrix work hard to make this one work both ways.
The guitarist admitted that hailing from Calabasas can work both ways.
The new methodology will work both ways, however, and tenants will be able to employ architects and engineers to rebut the owner's claims of conditions.