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cut both ways

Definition of cut both ways

  1. :  to have both good and bad results, effects, etc. <He knows that his extreme competitiveness cuts both ways.> <These changes in the economy cut both ways.>



Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to penetrate with or as if with an edged instrument

    :  to hurt the feelings of

    :  to strike sharply with a cutting effect

  1. : :  a product of cutting: as

    :  an opening made with an edged instrument

    :  a wound made by something sharp :  gash

  1. :  marked by a well-developed and highly defined musculature

bothplay
  1. :  the one as well as the other

  1. : used as a function word to indicate and stress the inclusion of each of two or more things specified by coordinated words, phrases, or clauses

  1. :  being the two :  affecting or involving the one and the other


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