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I am looking for a phrase similar to the phrase "friend or foe".

I have come up with "help or hindrance" but I am hoping you might come up with something else.

edit - I am writing an article on electronic cigarettes. I want the article to present the for and against - I have already used the friend or foe phrase in a similar article, just looking for something different.

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Please add more context. How will you phrase the question? In what context is the question being asked? –  Matt Эллен Apr 4 '13 at 13:54
    
What's wrong with 'friend or foe'? Wait, what do you want (forgetting the actual wording)? –  Mitch Apr 4 '13 at 17:07
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I suspect if you provide more details about this question you want readers to ask themselves, you might open the door to other more appropriate phrases because "friend or foe?" would be an odd question for someone to ask themselves. –  Kristina Lopez Apr 4 '13 at 18:01
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Re the edit...Oh, you probably don't want 'friend or foe' at all, and should use 'pros and cons'. –  Mitch Apr 4 '13 at 18:40

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If you're discussing the good and bad points of something, then the obvious phrase would be "pro and con", or "pros and cons" if you've got a list of features on each side. "Plus(es) and minus(es)" would work, too.

Neither of them is very original, but they'd do the job.

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Without a context it's hard to know what would be appropriate, but one alternative comes straight out of the Bible: with me or against me.

The more open question Whose side are you on? might also work; it's often used as an expression of exasperation as well as a straight question. In fact, as it happens, that one's biblical too.

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There's the cliché question Are you part of the problem or part of the solution? Eldridge Cleaver put it another way:

You're either part of the solution or you're part of the problem.

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