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double-edged

[duhb-uh l-ejd] /ˈdʌb əlˈɛdʒd/
adjective
1.
having two cutting edges, as a razor blade.
2.
capable of acting two ways or having opposite effects:
a double-edged argument.
Origin
1545-1555
1545-55
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  • Compelling pictures from a traceable source may also prove to be a double-edged sword for protesters.
  • Headlines about bishops chiding the government are also double-edged.
  • We both agreed that short-term capital flows are a double-edged sword, both positive and negative.
  • Degrease then gently bolt together a stack of new double-edged razor blades.
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British Dictionary definitions for double-edged

double-edged

adjective
1.
acting in two ways; having a dual effect: a double-edged law
2.
(of a remark, argument, etc) having two possible interpretations, esp applicable both for and against or being really malicious though apparently innocuous
3.
(of a sword, knife, etc) having a cutting edge on either side of the blade
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