double-edged sword


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

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This is a double-edged sword, however, particularly in relation to Steam’s rules and the current perception of visual novels within the games industry. Julie Muncy, The Verge, "Steam’s capricious pornography rules hurt small game developers the most," 1 June 2018 Developing a specific set of skills can be a double-edged sword, too, opening doors yet limiting mobility. Suresh Naidu, Eric Posner, Vox, "More and more companies have monopoly power over workers’ wages. That’s killing the economy.," 6 Apr. 2018 O’Malley’s support could be a double-edged sword for Baker. Michael Dresser,, "Martin O'Malley endorses Rushern Baker in Democratic race for Maryland governor," 7 June 2018 Owning the Post has been a double-edged sword for Bezos. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Elon Musk’s Fall to Earth," 25 May 2018 The falling dollar is a double-edged sword for Americans investing abroad, said Harry W. Hartford, president of Causeway Capital Management. Paul J. Lim, New York Times, "The Falling Dollar Means Investors Should Look Abroad — Carefully," 13 Apr. 2018 Female beauty standards are a double-edged sword for trans women. Katelyn Burns, Allure, "The Impossible Balancing Act of Navigating Beauty Standards as a Trans Woman," 12 Apr. 2018 High valuations, for example, can be a double-edged sword. Dana Cimilluca, WSJ, "M&A Market Headed for a Record, Powered by Tech Disruption, AT&T Ruling," 1 July 2018 Jamie Lisanti: Grass court lead-up tournaments are a double-edged sword. The Si Staff,, "Wimbledon 2018 Preview Roundtable: Predictions, Dark Horses, More," 29 June 2018

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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double-edged sword


English Language Learners Definition of double-edged sword

: a sword that has two sharp edges

: something that has both good and bad parts or results

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