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double–edged sword

noun

Simple Definition of double–edged sword

  • : a sword that has two sharp edges

  • : something that has both good and bad parts or results

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of double–edged sword

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

15th Century

First Known Use of double–edged sword

15th century


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