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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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