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have it both ways

to get ​advantages from two ​opposing things: You can't have it both ​ways - you either ​worklonger and get ​paid more or have more ​leisuretime and get ​paid less.
(Definition of have it both ways from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “have it both ways”
in Chinese (Simplified) 两全其美,见风使舵…
in Chinese (Traditional) 兩全其美,魚與熊掌兼得…
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