playing double dealing

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During the Falklands crisis, US Defense Department seemingly showed its attitude of neutrality, but secretly offered Britain intelligence and matériel.
Can I say "US Defense Department was playing double-dealing with Argentina?

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No- you could say that they were double-dealing, but don't use playing.
 

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In both cases you should use the definite artcle before "US Defense Department".
 

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Thank you very much.
Any other expressions or idioms I could use for situations like this?
 

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Playing both ends against the middle is rather similar in meaning.

May I suggest that such behaviour is not very shocking. It goes on all the time, not only in diplomacy and international affairs, but in business and even in personal relationships.
 

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Playing both ends against the middle is rather similar in meaning.

May I suggest that such behaviour is not very shocking. It goes on all the time, not only in diplomacy and international affairs, but in business and even in personal relationships.
Thank you very much, probus.
 

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