[ duhb-uhl-ejd ]
See synonyms for double-edged on
  1. having two cutting edges, as a razor blade.

  2. capable of acting two ways or having opposite effects: a double-edged argument.

Origin of double-edged

First recorded in 1545–55

Words Nearby double-edged Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use double-edged in a sentence

  • 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


  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

  1. (of a sword, knife, etc) having a cutting edge on either side of the blade

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