double-edged sword

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double-edged sword

Something that can be both beneficial and problematic. Intelligence is a double-edged sword. Things may come easy to you, but people will always expect more. This meeting is a double-edged sword—it's a great chance to get the firm wider exposure, but we're just not prepared enough for it.
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a double-edged sword

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a two-edged sword

COMMON If something is a double-edged sword or a two-edged sword, it has both an advantage and a disadvantage. The strong yen is a double-edged sword for Japan. It increases the spending power of consumers, but it also raises the costs of exports for manufacturers. Fame is a two-edged sword bringing as many problems as it does privileges.
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a double-edged sword (or weapon)

a course of action or situation having both positive and negative effects.
2000 Investor A rising pound is a double-edged sword when investing overseas.
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Jools needs to learn that celebrity is a double edged sword.
Clearly the return of the trade buyer could be something of a double edged sword within private equity by being both an exit opportunity but also potentially stoking up competition among private equity firms for new buyouts.
This flood of devices is a double edged sword, however, providing more choice for consumers but creating challenges for developers who up until today have had to create applications on a per device basis.
This is a double edged sword, because finding world class staff for the high-tech recruiting industry is extremely difficult in this market, and my personal relationships create high expectations.