hold with the hare and run with the hounds

hold with the hare and run with the hounds
a) To oppose an action or behavior and yet engage in the same action or behavior; to be a hypocrite.

Well, if you ask me, Pastor Hawkins is trying to hold with the hare and run with the hounds by opposing casino gambling when his church operates a bingo game every Thursday night.

b) To remain neutral by attempting to placate two factions or both sides of a controversy.

Julianna needs to be careful if she keeps holding with the hare and running with the hounds; she might wind up making enemies of both labor and management.

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