having two cutting edges, as a razor blade.
capable of acting two ways or having opposite effects: a double-edged argument.
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How to use double-edged in a sentence
Thanksgiving may be about family, but that comes with an intimidating collection of double-edged swords.
But this public awareness of ED has been a double-edged sword.
As a tool of social activism, plague functions as a double-edged sword.Ebola Rages in West Africa, Reigniting Humanity’s Oldest Fear: The Plague | Scott Bixby | August 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It's also a double-edged sword that could hurt local Democrats and Republicans alike.
He can wield energy as a weapon now, but it is already proving a double-edged sword.Putin’s Patriotism is Phony, His Desperation is Real | Andrew Nagorski | April 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
That afternoon I went back to my orchard, got out my shiny and sharp new double-edged pruning saw, and sawed till both arms ached.The Idyl of Twin Fires | Walter Prichard Eaton
Near by was the guard-house with its grated windows, its iron bars being an appropriate design of double-edged swords and spears.The Boys of '61 | Charles Carleton Coffin.
Father Stanway said it was a double-edged weapon and that those who lived by it risked perishing by it.Passing By | Maurice Baring
But the opportunity was taken to deal a spiteful double-edged thrust at its enemies.The Fourth Estate, vol. 2 | Armando Palacio Valds
In his belt was stuck a long, double-edged hunting-knife, having its wooden handle neatly bound with black waxed thread.The Doomsman | Van Tassel Sutphen
British Dictionary definitions for double-edged
acting in two ways; having a dual effect: a double-edged law
(of a remark, argument, etc) having two possible interpretations, esp applicable both for and against or being really malicious though apparently innocuous
(of a sword, knife, etc) having a cutting edge on either side of the blade
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