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Meaning of “double-edged” in the English Dictionary

"double-edged" in British English

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double-edgedadjective

uk   us   /ˌdʌb.l̩ˈedʒd/
Something that is double-edged ​acts in two ​ways, often with one ​negative and one ​positiveeffect: She ​paid me the double-edged ​compliment of saying my ​work was "​excellent for a ​beginner." The government's ​programme to ​growcashcrops for ​export is a double-edged sword because it has ​created a ​localfoodshortage.
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(Definition of double-edged from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"double-edged" in American English

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double-edgedadjective [not gradable]

 /ˈdʌb·əlˈedʒd/
having two ​possible and different meanings or ​effects: Climate ​changes are ​potentially double-edged in ​theirconsequences. Wealth and ​fame can be a double-edged ​sword (= a ​situation with both ​positive and ​negativeeffects).
(Definition of double-edged from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “double-edged”
in Chinese (Simplified) 双重作用的,双刃的, 利弊互现的…
in Chinese (Traditional) 雙重作用的,雙刃的, 利弊互現的…
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