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
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"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's a poor rule that won't work both ways. The second is that--well, in a word, you are talking great nonsense!"
"Things can be said in the heat of the moment and contracts work both ways but players need to play and keep fit," said Taylor.
What I'm trying to say is, it can work both ways and it's good to be different!
While it's undeniably important that funding is maintained for preparing the key events and functions which help Wales build its standing on the international stage, it is also important that austerity is seen to work both ways.
But Birmingham Airport's success at agreeing a deal with Air India will work both ways. It should also help to encourage yet more Indian investment in the region.
This of course can work both ways as Cardiff Airport also serves South Wales, Swansea and West Wales.
Of course it can work both ways and, of course, I got a guaranteed price so I was on at 4-1.
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.
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.
However, it should work BOTH ways, and positive publicity given to those who are prepared to be honest in the face of intimidation.
Well, can I point out that sometimes it can work both ways?
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.
Such results work both ways: Kansas City's surplus exchange, for example, reports having provided $375,000 worth of equipment to 1,700 non-profit organizations.
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.