two-edged


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two-edged

(to͞o′ĕjd′)
adj.
1. Having two keen edges.
2. Being such that two contrasting meanings, effects, or interpretations are possible: a two-edged compliment.

two-edged

adj
1. having two cutting edges
2. (esp of a remark) having two interpretations, such as she looks nice when she smiles

two′-edged′



adj.
1. having two edges, as a sword.
2. cutting or effective both ways: a two-edged remark.
[1520–30]
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two-edged

adjective ambiguous, ambivalent, backhanded, double-edged, equivocal The effect of the laws was two-edged.
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two-edged

[ˈtuːˈedʒd] ADJde doble filo

two-edged

[ˌtuːˈɛdʒd] adj (also) (fig) → a doppio taglio
References in classic literature ?
It was like holding an enemy's sharp two-edged sword by the blade, and that enemy all the time striving to wrest it out of your clutch.
I had seen the heads and faces of ten youths gashed in every direction by the keen two-edged blades, and yet had not seen a victim wince, nor heard a moan, or detected any fleeting expression which confessed the sharp pain the hurts were inflicting.
In the same belt was stuck one of those long, broad, sharp-pointed, and two-edged knives, with a buck's-horn handle, which were fabricated in the neighbourhood, and bore even at this early period the name of a Sheffield whittle.
Now gallants tap their two-edged swords, And pride and passion swell amain; Like red stars flashing through the night The circling wine-cups brim again.
But, in course of time, they got accustomed to honest labor, and had sense enough to feel that there was more true enjoyment in living at peace, and doing good to one's neighbor, than in striking at him with a two-edged sword.
He loosed his hold of the spear, and held out both hands before him; but Achilles drew his keen blade, and struck him by the collar-bone on his neck; he plunged his two-edged sword into him to the very hilt, whereon he lay at full length on the ground, with the dark blood welling from him till the earth was soaked.
I am sorry to give you such a two-edged thing, but I can't say what turn things are going to take.
The weapons that each man bore were simple, but most effective, consisting of a short and very heavy two-edged spear with a wooden shaft, the blade being about six inches across at the widest part.
He tore the gypsy from the arms of the dazed Quasimodo, threw her across his saddle, and at the moment when the terrible hunchback, recovering from his surprise, rushed upon him to regain his prey, fifteen or sixteen archers, who followed their captain closely, made their appearance, with their two-edged swords in their fists.
After all, important fresh evidence is a two-edged thing, and may possibly cut in a very different direction to that which Lestrade imagines.
He was somewhat instinctive in his likes and dislikes, and from the first he most heartily disliked the room itself,--its vague perfumes, its subdued violet coloring, the faces of the grinning idols, which seemed to meet his gaze in every direction, the pictures of those fierce-looking warriors who brandished two-edged swords at him from the walls.
That was a two-edged thrust, for Trix was decidedly an old girl, and Tom was generally regarded as a hapless victim.