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Maybe it was on the fence...
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Published Sunday, September 22, 2013 @ 11:52 AM EDT
Sep 22 2013

A non-native English speaking friend of my was complaining about the behavior of relatives whose loyalty was questionable when situations threatened their perceived well-being.

"I can't trust them," he said. "They're playing both sides of the chicken."

My mind decoded the mixed metaphor as a combination of playing chicken and being on both sides of the fence. But I also started giggling, trying to imagine how one would play both sides of a chicken and, more precisely, why you would want to do so.

Giggling still, waiting for a chance to use that phrase during a conversation and see the reaction...


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