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 ?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It was straight and two-edged. In addition to the weapons I have enumerated each man carried a dagger in his harness.
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.
3) I shudder with affright O for a two-edged sword to slay outright A wretch like me, Made one with misery.
OEDIPUS It stabs me like a sword, That two-edged word, O stranger, but these maids--my own--
That was a two-edged thrust, for Trix was decidedly an old girl, and Tom was generally regarded as a hapless victim.
Nay, thou know'st it not, And all unwitting art a double foe To thine own kin, the living and the dead; Aye and the dogging curse of mother and sire One day shall drive thee, like a two-edged sword, Beyond our borders, and the eyes that now See clear shall henceforward endless night.
I am sorry to give you such a two-edged thing, but I can't say what turn things are going to take.