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English definition of “play both ends against the middle”

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play both ends against the middle

to try to get opposing people or groups to fight or disagree so that you will get an advantage from the situation
Translations of “play both ends against the middle”
in Chinese (Traditional) 使對立雙方相爭以從中得利, 使鷸蚌相爭…
in Chinese (Simplified) 使对立双方相争以从中得利, 使鹬蚌相争…
(Definition of play both ends against the middle from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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