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English definition of “double-edged”

double-edged

adjective uk   /ˌdʌb.l̩ˈedʒd/ us  
describes something that acts in two ways, often with one negative and one positive effect: She paid me the double-edged compliment of saying my work was "excellent for a beginner". The government's programme to grow cash crops for export is a double-edged sword because it has created a local food shortage.
See also
Quite good, or not very goodSuitable and acceptable
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