one-way street

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one-way +‎ street

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one-way street (plural one-way streets)

  1. A road in which traffic is only allowed to proceed in one direction.
  2. (figuratively) A course of action that cannot be undone or does not lead to reciprocation.
    • 2009, Alexander-Stamatios G. Antoniou, Handbook of Managerial Behavior and Occupational Health (page 186)
      Romantic love is not selfless but selfish. Although real love is not altruistic, nor is it narcissistic – a 'me-only', one-way street relationship.

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