One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Take orders from two superiors or follow two conflicting or opposing principles or policies at the same time.‘it is never easy to serve two masters’
- ‘But that's exactly what's happening because of a gargantuan conflict of interest: The giant mutual funds are serving two masters.’
- ‘And it was not working, this attempt to serve two masters.’
- ‘She added that psychiatrists can end up serving two masters when they get into the position of being an administrator rather than a clinician, and a choice has to be made.’
- ‘It is law layered with politics, which, as a lawyer, I can tell you is the worst kind of fact situation you can find, because you end up serving two masters and it's almost an impossible situation.’
- ‘You have to serve two masters: the president of the United States, and you also try to help the Washington press corps do its job.’
- ‘This arrogant contempt for our local town and parish councils by Bradford shows that you cannot serve two masters.’
- ‘If other parties do not want to be stained by the suggestion that they serve two masters, I suggest that they should move amendments to exempt themselves.’
- ‘Instead, they create this shared management - and no man can serve two masters happily - across all of New Zealand potentially.’
- ‘That means he must serve two masters - company shareholders and fund investors - whose interests may not always be in sync.’
- ‘A man cannot serve two masters - eventually, you will be forced to choose.’
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