two-edged sword

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

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Recent Examples on the Web But racing proved to be a two-edged sword for the family. Jerry Garrett, Car and Driver, "John Paul Jr., Auto-Racing Champion, Dies at 60," 31 Dec. 2020 Political giving is a two-edged sword as companies often lose control of where their cash goes. Jim Spencer, Star Tribune, "Minnesota's biggest companies open their wallets to political candidates, and risk," 23 Oct. 2020 The death of Ginsburg is a two-edged sword for him. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "Zogby: Trump legacy would live ‘much longer’ with quick action on court pick," 19 Sep. 2020 That question was brought into sharper relief this week, presenting a two-edged sword for the presidential efforts of former Vice President Joe Biden. Gerald F. Seib, WSJ, "Progressive Energy Offers Joe Biden a Mixed Blessing," 27 June 2020 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

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First Known Use of two-edged sword

1526, in the meaning defined above

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9 Jan 2021

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“Two-edged sword.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/two-edged%20sword. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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