Definition of double-edged in US English:



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

    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘On her back she wore a simple double-edged sword, but her strength hid the massive weight that it really was.’
    • ‘Kay drew out his two-sided double-edged sword in a defensive motion.’
    • ‘In them, it held a short double-edged sword and circular shield.’
    • ‘Men of the armies fought with double-edged swords, battle-axes, lances, slings, and weapons of archery.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Afar men are known for the long, sharp, double-edged dagger, called a jile, that they wear at the waist.’
    • ‘The blade was roughly three feet long and was slightly slimmer than a regular double-edged sword.’
    • ‘Bear in mind, most jurisdictions prohibit the carrying of double-edged knives, and many do not allow concealed carry of fixed-blade knives.’
    • ‘It resembled an extremely long and wide double-edged knife, with an elaborate handle for improved grip.’
    sarcastic, sardonic, dry, caustic, sharp, stinging, scathing, acerbic, acid, bitter, trenchant, mordant, cynical
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    1. 1.1 Having two contradictory aspects or possible outcomes.
      ‘the consequences can be double-edged’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Their exploitation is double-edged - both by the factories and by the contractors.’
      • ‘The double-edged aspect of disorder in The Street is no-where more apparent than in its ambiguous evocation of gun violence.’
      • ‘Therefore, all of LTC Leonhard's principles have a dual, double-edged nature.’
      ambiguous, equivocal, dual, two-edged, ambivalent, open to debate, open to argument, arguable, debatable
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  • a double-edged sword

    • A situation or course of action having both positive and negative effects.

      • ‘I realised money was a sort of double-edged sword.’
      • ‘However, this talent is a double-edged sword: his very empathy with the subject eases the transition to light entertainment.’
      • ‘The problem with public information is that it's the proverbial double-edged sword.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But it is a double-edged sword because if our prices are too high we are not going to get any pupils.’
      • ‘Note the double-edged sword of technology; it's a very small step from a plant that extracts gold to one that extracts uranium.’
      • ‘That's the double-edged sword of employee training.’
      • ‘So, as a short cut to happiness, drugs are double-edged swords.’