Definition of two-edged in English:



  • Double-edged.

    ‘a two-edged sword’
    • ‘Electric scoring has meant a two-edged sword for fencing.’
    • ‘The issue poses a classic two-edged sword that can cut both ways.’
    • ‘What many of these critics typically overlook, however, is that the power to adapt is a two-edged sword.’
    • ‘FDA's release of information about medical products can be a two-edged sword, enhancing a product's marketing efforts when positive and doing harm when negative.’
    • ‘The strengthening of this bond is a two-edged sword for us veterinarians involved in maintaining the health of precious family members.’
    • ‘In that sense it is a two-edged sword, because some members of the opposition are just as idle and incompetent as some of those in government.’
    • ‘Granted that all technology is a two-edged sword, let's make it a reasonably benevolent milestone.’
    • ‘Country-of-origin labeling for beef appears to be a two-edged sword.’
    • ‘I think it was a two-edged sword, but I think he would have energized a lot of people who right now are not energized.’
    • ‘I wholeheartedly agree, and as you point out this is decidedly a two-edged sword.’
    • ‘As we're seeing in the post-September 11 th world, information is a two-edged sword that can both help and hurt people.’
    • ‘Medically, blood is a two-edged sword, a transmitter of disease or, by transfusion, a lifesaver.’
    • ‘With alcohol, it's kind of a two-edged sword, because alcohol in moderation may actually have some cardiovascular benefits,’
    • ‘Seen this way, the First Amendment is a two-edged sword that prevents government from inhibiting religious expression, but also limits the scope of religious authority to ecclesiastical affairs.’
    • ‘Moreover, many of the technological forces that have made creativity such a communal activity are two-edged swords, suppressing individual invention in some ways but freeing and fostering it in others.’
    • ‘Those who have followed the fortunes of the Australian press know that foreign ownership without a real attachment to Australia is a two-edged sword.’
    • ‘But the support can be a two-edged sword: not many candidates like being told what to do by White House advisers who aren't exactly up on the local political scene.’
    • ‘I'm also somewhat concerned too at times about accepting confidential briefings because they're a two-edged sword as well.’
    • ‘But we recognise that it is a two-edged sword and it is vital that we provide facilities to engage the youths.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, it is a two-edged sword - much like cancer chemotherapy.’
    ambiguous, indefinite, non-committal, vague, indeterminate, imprecise, inexact, indistinct, inexplicit, blurry, hazy, foggy, nebulous, borderline
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