from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Having two cutting edges: a double-edged blade.
- adj. Effective or capable of being interpreted in two ways: double-edged praise.
- adj. Having a dual purpose: combat troops with a double-edged mission.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Describing a blade, such as a sword or knife, that is sharp on both edges.
- adj. Describing something that is as dangerous for the user as the one it is used on.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having two edges.
- Figuratively, cutting or working both ways: applied to an argument which makes both for and against the person omploying it, or to any statement having a double meaning.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. capable of being interpreted in two usually contradictory ways
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