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two-edged

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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two-edgedˌtwo-ˈedged adjective  1 ADVANTAGEhaving two effects or meanings, one good and one bad a two-edged commenta two-edged sword (=something that has as many bad results as good ones) Strong leadership is a two-edged sword.2 DThaving two edges that can cut a two-edged blade
Examples from the Corpus
two-edgedThe individualism identified by Olson and others is, however, two-edged.Its blade was two-edged, and made of heavy bronze, the grooves chased like lotus stems.It was a two-edged sword of obligations of favors given and favors to be returned at a later, appropriate time.But it was a two-edged sword.But the way Compaq does it creates a two-edged sword.In a sense, the flattening of businesses in Workplace 2000 is a two-edged sword.This sounded like an improvement on the statusquo, but it turned out to be a two-edged sword.If ever fame and wealth proved two-edged swords, they do here.a two-edged swordBut it was a two-edged sword.But the way Compaq does it creates a two-edged sword.In a sense, the flattening of businesses in Workplace 2000 is a two-edged sword.The public understanding of science is a two-edged sword.This sounded like an improvement on the statusquo, but it turned out to be a two-edged sword.The Audit Commission can, therefore, be something of a two-edged sword in the context of central-local relationships.The policy is a two-edged sword - it saves money but angers staff.It was a two-edged sword of obligations of favors given and favors to be returned at a later, appropriate time.Reductions in taxation are therefore a two-edged sword, when used as a device to create jobs.
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