1.) having two effects or meanings, one good and one bad
a two-edged comment
a two-edged sword
(=something that has as many bad results as good ones)
Strong leadership is a two-edged sword.
2.) having two edges that can cut
a two-edged blade

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  • two-edged — [ ,tu edʒd ] adjective 1. ) a two edged weapon has a blade with two sharp edges 2. ) capable of being understood in two different ways, or of having both good and bad effects: DOUBLE EDGED: a two edged compliment a two edged sword something with… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Two-edged — a. Having two edges, or edges on both sides; as, a two edged sword. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • two-edged — [to͞o′ejd′] adj. 1. that has two cutting edges 2. that can be used or taken two ways [a two edged remark] …   English World dictionary

  • two-edged — two′ edged′ adj. 1) having two edges, as a sword 2) cutting or effective both ways: a two edged remark[/ex] • Etymology: 1520–30 …   From formal English to slang

  • two-edged — adjective 1 having disadvantages or bad effects that are less easy to see than the good effects: the two edged triumphs of technology | a two edged sword (=with as many bad results as good ones): Strong leadership is a two edged sword. 2 having… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • two-edged — UK [ˌtuː ˈedʒd] / US [ˌtu ˈedʒd] adjective 1) a two edged weapon has a blade with two sharp edges 2) capable of being understood in two different ways or of having both good and bad effects a two edged compliment • See: sword …   English dictionary

  • two-edged — /ˈtu ɛdʒd/ (say tooh ejd) adjective 1. having two edges, as a sword. 2. cutting or effective both ways. 3. having two possible meanings, results, etc., one favourable and one unfavourable: *they realised that independence is a two edged word… …  

  • two-edged — adj. Two edged is used with these nouns: ↑sword …   Collocations dictionary

  • two-edged sword — If someone uses an argument that could both help them and harm them, then they are using a two edged sword; it cuts both ways …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • two-edged sword — ˈ ̷ ̷ ¦ejd , ¦ejə̇d noun : something that can produce positive or negative results public relations appears as a two edged sword able to enhance or hurt an institution L.B.Mayhew * * * a double edged/two edged/sword phrase a situation with as… …   Useful english dictionary

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