having two edges, as a sword.
cutting or effective both ways.

Origin of two-edged

First recorded in 1520–30 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for two-edged

sarcastic, ambiguous, equivocal, sardonic, double-edged

Examples from the Web for two-edged

Historical Examples of two-edged

  • It might be well for him to reflect that agitation was a two-edged sword.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • James never noticed anything—or if he did, his ambiguity was two-edged.

    Love and Lucy

    Maurice Henry Hewlett

  • Leisure is too often like a two-edged sword; it cuts both ways.

    Hidden Treasures

    Harry A. Lewis

  • Josephine saw his simplicity, and made a cut with a woman's two-edged sword.

    White Lies

    Charles Reade

  • Yet, I have always known that this man was a two-edged sword that could turn in my hand.

British Dictionary definitions for two-edged



having two cutting edges
(esp of a remark) having two interpretations, such as she looks nice when she smiles
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