be a double-edged sword

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be a double-edged sword

To be something that can be both beneficial and problematic. Going back to school was a double-edged sword for Pam. On the one hand, it widened her career prospects, but, on the other hand, she was in a lot of debt when she graduated.
See also: sword

be a double-edged ˈsword/ˈweapon

be something that has both advantages and disadvantages: This new ‘miracle diet’ is a double-edged sword — it’ll make you lose weight fast but you may have some unpleasant side effects.
See also: sword, weapon
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NNA - Development and Liberation bloc member, MP Inaya Ezzeddine, said that "the ministerial statement is a double-edged sword. For it to be in the interest of the country and the people, we must discuss the main axes."
Protectionism is a double-edged sword that will harm both sides, China's foreign ministry said on Wednesday after US President Donald Trump signed into law a steep tariff on imported solarpanels.
IANS Diana Khan, who plays a kabaddi champion in her upcoming film Kabaddi, says acting in a sports film is a double-edged sword for a newcomer.
The Premier League is a double-edged sword he says.
My cell phone is my work phone, which is a double-edged sword. I am always available, which is fantastic for my clients.
It is a double-edged sword. But I am sure ordinary members of the public will have the sense to boycott the gallery until an apology is made.
My job is a double-edged sword, it puts men off asking me out
THE deal between stv and Setanta to bring Wednesday night Champions League games to council telly is a double-edged sword.
Alun Cairns, Conservative AM and Parliamentary Candidate for the Vale of Glamorgan, said: "This is a double-edged sword.
In the epilogue in the paperback edition, Murtagh speaks of how, "after being upgraded from visitor to one-of-the-boys status, my place in the local hierarchy was low." The crux of the difficulty is competency in language which, Murtagh claims, is a double-edged sword. "People are no longer sure whether you should be treated as a local or a foreigner.
However, participation is a double-edged sword and may be one of the underlying factors in the dissatisfaction of practice in inpatient settings.
Opening my e-mail these days is a double-edged sword, folks.
The latest divorce ruling, after Melissa Miller and Julia McFarlane both successfully won compensation for giving up their careers and stay at home to bring up children, is a double-edged sword.
But industrial progress is a double-edged sword. Though customer numbers are down after Rover's collapse, my server was grateful her bucket of prepared chipped potatoes had been done by machine.
That will be a good thing for Anthony - winning is a double-edged sword