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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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For pet owners, the financial implications of this end-of-life movement cut two ways.
lt;p>Others say that community support, an open-source hallmark, can cut two ways in an enterprise setting.
But if gay rights advocates feel that businesses catering to them should have the right to discriminate on the basis of gender or sexual orientation, they should realize that knives tend to cut two ways.
Loyalty does cut two ways, but these public servants take our votes for granted.
But condescension is not a failing of the old alone: it can cut two ways.
Lewin's analysis, commissioned by a group representing major health care organizations, could cut two ways.
Zidane is very sensitive about his Algerian heritage, and being called a ``terrorist'' would cut two ways.
Thus, judges' unintentional memories for warm-up moves cut two ways.
Romney has found that appealing to people's religious beliefs and feelings can cut two ways.