cut both ways
phrasal to have both favorable and unfavorable results or implications

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • cut both ways — or[cut two ways] {v. phr.} To have two effects; cause injury to both sides. * /People who gossip find it cuts both ways./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • cut both ways — or[cut two ways] {v. phr.} To have two effects; cause injury to both sides. * /People who gossip find it cuts both ways./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • cut\ both\ ways — • cut both ways • cut two ways v. phr. To have two effects; cause injury to both sides. People who gossip find it cuts both ways …   Словарь американских идиом

  • cut both ways — ► cut both ways 1) (of a point or statement) serve both sides of an argument. 2) (of an action or process) have both good and bad effects. Main Entry: ↑cut …   English terms dictionary

  • cut both ways — phrasal or cut two ways : to have a mixed effect : have both favorable and unfavorable results or implications : avail for either of two counterarguments or implications a fact that cuts both ways in the case * * * cut both ways (of a decision,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • cut both ways —    Something that cuts both ways has both a positive and a negative effect at the same time.     Banning cars in the town centre can cut both ways : less traffic congestion but fewer customers in the shops …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • cut both ways — cut both/two ways ► to work in two ways, or to have two opposite effects: »Setting prices high cuts both ways – it could lose some customers, but it also suggests high quality. Main Entry: ↑cut …   Financial and business terms

  • cut both ways — cut both/two ways to have two different effects at the same time, usually one good and one bad. Censorship cuts both ways; it prevents people from being corrupted, but it often also prevents them from knowing what is really going on. (never in… …   New idioms dictionary

  • cut both ways — if something cuts both ways, it has both good and bad aspects Independence in a relationship cuts both ways …   English dictionary

  • cut both ways — serve both sides of an argument What he said cuts both ways and we should carefully think about it …   Idioms and examples

  • cut both ways — to have both advantages and disadvantages. The Internet cuts both ways – it not only opens borders, it draws boundaries between the people who have it and those who do not …   New idioms dictionary

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