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  • s  capable of being interpreted in two usually contradictory ways
    double-edged praise

  • It's a double-edged sword, and a vicious cycle.
  • But this is a double-edged sword.
  • A newcomer is initiated by being anointed with sweet water that has been stirred in an iron bowl with a double-edged dagger.
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  • 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 …
    June 12, 2013 - FOX 5 San Diego

  • Dmitry Medvedev in International Herald Tribune
    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.
  • Dale Sveum in USA Today
    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...
  • Kyle Davies in Forbes
    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."

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