double-edged sword

noun

Definition of double-edged sword

: something that has or can have both favorable and unfavorable consequences This much freedom of expression and opinion can be a double-edged sword.— Linda Connors

Examples of double-edged sword in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Their inextricability from tropical vacations is a double-edged sword because the bars at these places tend to use sugar as a substitute for freshness, precision or training. Jason O'bryan, Robb Report, 30 July 2022 But improved technology and targeting is a double-edged sword. On Marketing, Forbes, 12 July 2022 Here’s the kicker: Each advantage (or disadvantage) is a double-edged sword. Hasan Kubba, Fortune, 1 July 2022 In other words, the admiration of others can be a double-edged sword. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, 30 June 2022 And its provisions may be a sign of what is to come in the rest of the world, which is a double-edged sword for crypto investors. Dan Runkevicius, Forbes, 7 July 2022 But the move towards remote work could end up being a double-edged sword for many American tech employees, particularly in places like Silicon Valley, with the possibility of companies using it to cut costs further. Rishi Iyengar, CNN, 7 July 2022 Exercise is a double-edged sword for type 1 diabetics. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, 9 June 2022 But the National Rally’s new presence in Parliament is a double-edged sword, analysts say. New York Times, 26 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of double-edged sword

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

5 Aug 2022

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“Double-edged sword.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/double-edged%20sword. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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