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cut both ways

to affect both sides of an issue equally. Remember that your suggestion that costs should be shared cuts both ways. Your division will have to reduce its budget as well. If our side cannot take along supporters to the game, then yours cannot either. The rule has to cut both ways.
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cut both ways

to have both advantages and disadvantages work both ways The Internet cuts both ways – it not only opens borders, it draws boundaries between the people who have it and those who do not.
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cut both/two ways

to have two different effects at the same time, usually one good and one bad (never in continuous tenses) Censorship cuts both ways; it prevents people from being corrupted, but it often also prevents them from knowing what is really going on.
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cut both ways

Have a mixed effect, have advantages and disadvantages. For example, Their solution will cut both ways; it'll take longer but is permanent. This metaphoric expression alludes to a double-edged sword. [c. 1600]
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cut both ways

To have both favorable and unfavorable results or implications.
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However, a Swansea win could cut both ways for Leeds, as if they suffered a defeat against Leicester, they could find themselves below the Welsh club in the table.
As for the idea of an Internet-savvy public supplanting the power of lobbyists, Davis said that cutting-edge technology can cut both ways.
The political implications of this theory can cut both ways.
But meteoric broadband successes can cut both ways, and the market is showing clear signs of maturation.
If the referee supervisor in the stand is allowed to make recommendations to the SFA which can incriminate people, then it should cut both ways.