double–edged sword

noun

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


DOUBLE–EDGED SWORD Defined for English Language Learners

double–edged sword

noun

Definition of double–edged sword for English Language Learners

  • : a sword that has two sharp edges

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


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