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Double-edged Sword


Literally, a sword which cuts either way; metaphorically, an argument which makes both for and against the person employing it, or which has a double meaning.        

“‘Your Delphic sword,ʹ the panther then replied,

‘Is double-edged, and cuts on either side.ʹ”


Dryden: Hind and Panther, part iii. 191–2.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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