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[duhb-uh l-ejd]
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  1. having two cutting edges, as a razor blade.
  2. capable of acting two ways or having opposite effects: a double-edged argument.
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Origin of double-edged

First recorded in 1545–55
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Related Words for double-edged

sarcastic, harsh, incisive, pointed, severe, caustic, biting, scathing, unexpected, mocking, incongruous, twisted, sardonic, ridiculous, satiric, satirical, wry, arrogant, paradoxical, cutting

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British Dictionary definitions for double-edged


  1. acting in two ways; having a dual effecta 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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