play each end against the other



play each end against the other

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 each end against the other, 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 each end against the other to get them to break up.
See also: each, end, other, play

Common Names:

NameGenderPronouncedUsage
Baltazar-Judeo-Christian Legend
Ingi-Ancient Scandinavian
JephthaJEF-thə (English)Biblical
Aki (2)ah-keeJapanese
Pista-Hungarian
VestaVES-tə (English)Roman Mythology