double-edged sword


double–edged sword

noun

: a sword that has two sharp edges

: something that has both good and bad parts or results

Full Definition of DOUBLE-EDGED SWORD

:  something that has or can have both favorable and unfavorable consequences <freedom of expression … can be a double-edged sword — Linda Connors>

First Known Use of DOUBLE-EDGED SWORD

15th century

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