a the two; two considered together
both dogs were dirty
b (as pronoun)
both are to blame
2 coordinating used preceding words, phrases, or clauses joined by and, used to emphasize that not just one, but also the other of the joined elements is included both Ellen and Keith enjoyed the play, both new and exciting (C12: from Old Norse bathir; related to Old High German bede, Latin ambo, Greek ampho)
1 another term for →
have it both ways usually with a negative to try to get the best of a situation, argument, etc., by chopping and changing between alternatives or opposites
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