Definition of a double-edged sword in English:

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a double-edged sword

A situation or course of action having both positive and negative effects: reductions in taxation are a double-edged sword when used as a device to create jobs
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  • But it is a double-edged sword because if our prices are too high we are not going to get any pupils.
  • However, this talent is a double-edged sword: his very empathy with the subject eases the transition to light entertainment.
  • However the boom will be a double-edged sword for first-time buyers and those with larger mortgages who are at the mercy of interest rates.
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