Definition of double-edged adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌdʌbl ˈedʒd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdʌbl ˈedʒd//
    jump to other results
  1. 1(of a knife, etc.) having two cutting edges a double-edged blade/axe/dagger
  2. 2(of a remark, comment, etc.) having two possible meanings synonym ambiguous
  3. 3having two different parts or uses, often parts that contrast with each other the double-edged quality of life in a small town—security and boredom
  4. Idioms
    be a double-edged sword/weapon
    jump to other results
    to be something that has both advantages and disadvantages
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: double-edged