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Play both ends against the middle

DEFINITION

Battle tactic.¬† A ploy to make two competitors attack each other bolstering the chances of a third to win. The ‘middle’ would be you and ‘both ends’ would be opposing forces and by having them fight each other, it allows you, in the middle, to gain full advantage over both of them.

“To get elected the mayor had the poor angry at the immigrants, in other words, he was playing both ends against the middle to dilute their voting power.”

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