- having two cutting edges
- that can be understood or interpreted in two ways: a double-edged remark
- having or able to have both favorable and unfavorable resultsoften used fig. in the phrase double-edged sword, something, as an action, that has or can have such results [giving a child an allowance can be a double-edged sword]
- Having two cutting edges: a double-edged blade.
- a. Effective or capable of being interpreted in two ways: double-edged praise.b. Having a dual purpose: combat troops with a double-edged mission.
(comparative more double-edged, superlative most double-edged)
- (not comparable) Of a blade, such as a sword or knife, sharp on both edges.
- (comparable, figuratively) As dangerous for the user as the one it is used on.
- Slander is a double-edged weapon: you can hurt the reputation of another but it diminishes your own reputation that you debase yourself so much.