double-edged double-edged

Definition(s):

  • (adj) capable of being interpreted in two usually contradictory ways

Usage(s):

  1. It's a double-edged sword, and a vicious cycle.
  2. But this is a double-edged sword.
  3. A newcomer is initiated by being anointed with sweet water that has been stirred in an iron bowl with a double-edged dagger.

News

  • Hospitals jobs affected of federal cuts

    SAN DIEGO – Patient care may be in jeopardy as the hospital industry is being struck with a double-edged sword known as sequestration and healthcare reform. President and CEO of Scripps Health Chris Van Gorder said the healthcare cuts are …
    on June 12, 2013     Source: FOX 5 San Diego

Quotes

  1. "In my view, the outcome is double-edged," Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said in an interview with the Euronews television channel recorded at his Black Sea summer residence.
    on Sep 1, 2008 By: Dmitry Medvedev Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. "You're trying to be really patient, and then there goes the mistake he just threw, and you're trying to be too patient," Sveum said. "Sometimes, it's a double-edged sword. But there's no doubt about it, our team tends to swing at balls out...
    on Oct 3, 2008 By: Dale Sveum Source: USA Today

  3. "It's almost a double-edged sword," Davies said of Hampton's setback. "You want him to come back because you know he can help the team. And obviously you want to do well in his absence."
    on Apr 8, 2007 By: Kyle Davies Source: Forbes

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