two-edged sword

noun
\ ˈtü-ˈejd- How to pronounce two-edged sword (audio) , -ˈe-jəd-\

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Recent Examples on the Web Catching the nonagenarian’s frequent stumbles and gaffes became something of a two-edged sword for Zimbabwe’s beleaguered media—lapped up by citizens desperate for signs of the end of his reign, but cause for government retaliation as well. Aryn Baker, Time, "Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwean Revolutionary Who Later Ruled With an Iron Fist, Dies at 95," 6 Sep. 2019 But while more forests sound a like a good thing, the example of North America suggests that reforestation can be a two-edged sword, undoing exactly the problem it is set up to solve. Ian Willms, National Geographic, "Tree-planting programs can do more harm than good," 26 Apr. 2019 Even if the Supreme Court allows intrusive regulations to take hold, the resulting new legal doctrines will create the sharpest of two-edged swords. David French, National Review, "Social-Media Censorship Is the Product of Culture and Commerce," 6 June 2019 Ill repute and a whole lot of weird' The transformation of this corner of town is a two-edged sword for people who live and do business there. Sven Berg, idahostatesman, "She spent her teens in a Garden City trailer. Now she tears trailers down to build anew. | Idaho Statesman," 14 May 2018 The expulsion of diplomats is usually a two-edged sword. Oren Dorell, USA TODAY, "What it means to expel a Russian diplomat," 26 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of two-edged sword

1526, in the meaning defined above

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18 Sep 2019

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