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  • 1(of a knife or sword) having two cutting edges.

    ‘Men of the armies fought with double-edged swords, battle-axes, lances, slings, and weapons of archery.’
    • ‘The sheathed and double-edged sword, or dodhar, lying across it, once belonged to Shivaji.’
    • ‘Reaching over to his left side, he drew his weapon of choice, a long double-edged sword.’
    • ‘A long silver metal double-edged sword with an angel on the handle-top and a cross on the handle-bottom of the golden sword handle is fastened onto his belt and he has black gauntlets with a sliver band in the middle on both of his wrist.’
    • ‘Bear in mind, most jurisdictions prohibit the carrying of double-edged knives, and many do not allow concealed carry of fixed-blade knives.’
    • ‘The last things on the trays that had come out of the wall were two incredible double-edged swords that had very intricate detailing on their handles.’
    • ‘In them, it held a short double-edged sword and circular shield.’
    • ‘Kay drew out his two-sided double-edged sword in a defensive motion.’
    • ‘It resembled an extremely long and wide double-edged knife, with an elaborate handle for improved grip.’
    • ‘On her back she wore a simple double-edged sword, but her strength hid the massive weight that it really was.’
    • ‘In her left hand she holds the scales of justice while in her right she brandishes her double-edged sword to punish the guilty.’
    • ‘The blade was roughly three feet long and was slightly slimmer than a regular double-edged sword.’
    • ‘Afar men are known for the long, sharp, double-edged dagger, called a jile, that they wear at the waist.’
    sarcastic, sardonic, dry, caustic, sharp, stinging, scathing, acerbic, acid, bitter, trenchant, mordant, cynical
    1. 1.1Having two contradictory aspects or possible outcomes.
      ‘the consequences can be double-edged’
      • ‘The double-edged aspect of disorder in The Street is no-where more apparent than in its ambiguous evocation of gun violence.’
      • ‘This particular nexus of grief, women, and the poetic prophet is a tool with cultural connections which explain the double-edged ambivalences of Miltonic self-fashioning in Paradise Lost.’
      • ‘Therefore, all of LTC Leonhard's principles have a dual, double-edged nature.’
      • ‘Their exploitation is double-edged - both by the factories and by the contractors.’
      ambiguous, equivocal, dual, two-edged, ambivalent, open to debate, open to argument, arguable, debatable



/ˌdəbəlˈejd/ /ˌdəbəlˈɛdʒd/


    a double-edged sword
    • A situation or course of action having both positive and negative effects.

      ‘reductions in taxation are a double-edged sword when used as a device to create jobs’
      • ‘But it is a double-edged sword because if our prices are too high we are not going to get any pupils.’
      • ‘However, this talent is a double-edged sword: his very empathy with the subject eases the transition to light entertainment.’
      • ‘However the boom will be a double-edged sword for first-time buyers and those with larger mortgages who are at the mercy of interest rates.’
      • ‘The very structure of the show becomes a double-edged sword.’
      • ‘This facility with language aids the youth in their academic and career prospects, but it is a double-edged sword.’
      • ‘Note the double-edged sword of technology; it's a very small step from a plant that extracts gold to one that extracts uranium.’
      • ‘So, as a short cut to happiness, drugs are double-edged swords.’
      • ‘The problem with public information is that it's the proverbial double-edged sword.’
      • ‘That's the double-edged sword of employee training.’
      • ‘I realised money was a sort of double-edged sword.’