two-edged sword

two-edged sword

 and double-edged sword
Fig. something that offers both a good and bad consequence. The ability to get your insurance to pay for it is a double-edged sword. They may raise your rates. Her authority in the company is a two-edged sword. She makes more enemies than allies.
See also: sword
References in classic literature ?
It was like holding an enemy's sharp two-edged sword by the blade, and that enemy all the time striving to wrest it out of your clutch.
About his waist he wore a richly-studded belt, in which was stuck a short straight two-edged sword, with a sharp point, so disposed as to hang almost perpendicularly by his side.
But, in course of time, they got accustomed to honest labor, and had sense enough to feel that there was more true enjoyment in living at peace, and doing good to one's neighbor, than in striking at him with a two-edged sword.
Now gallants tap their two-edged swords, And pride and passion swell amain; Like red stars flashing through the night The circling wine-cups brim again.
He tore the gypsy from the arms of the dazed Quasimodo, threw her across his saddle, and at the moment when the terrible hunchback, recovering from his surprise, rushed upon him to regain his prey, fifteen or sixteen archers, who followed their captain closely, made their appearance, with their two-edged swords in their fists.
He was somewhat instinctive in his likes and dislikes, and from the first he most heartily disliked the room itself,--its vague perfumes, its subdued violet coloring, the faces of the grinning idols, which seemed to meet his gaze in every direction, the pictures of those fierce-looking warriors who brandished two-edged swords at him from the walls.
Alan Oliver, in the Chronicle, reported: "Newcastle United's dismal derby record against Sunderland was cut to ribbons by Kevin Keegan's two-edged sword.
Sanctions are a two-edged sword as they affect the donor as well as the intended victim.
Aleksandra Mitevska comments for Utrinski vesnik that the boycott of the Parliament is a two-edged sword for the opposition, which chose the firmest method for political battle, but the same goes for the government--which is most responsible in providing a climate for a sound political competition.
I think I had that warrior idea and the sense of her cleverness as a sword - a two-edged sword - from early on.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's new Ambassador to Poland and former Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast called the western sanctions against Tehran as a two-edged sword, saying the embargoes should be blamed for increased rate of unemployment in the European states.
But at a deeper level, it is about genius and the gift of talent, which could also be a curse at times: talent, especially abundance of it, is a two-edged sword often," he said.
Andersson's findings are a reminder that pharmacotherapy is a two-edged sword.
His status as "the other one" in The Last Shadow Puppets has been something of a two-edged sword although it clearly didn't hurt when he was joined by Alex Turner for his set at Glastonbury's John Peel Stage in the summer and repaid the compliment with a guest spot in Arctic Monkey's headline performance.
The refining side can be a two-edged sword, being a tailwind as well as a headwind," Cecilia said.