cut both ways


1. simultaneously have good and bad aspects, affect both sides of an issue equally






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there are advantages and disadvantages, so it cuts both ways.

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The expression it cuts both ways is used to say that something has both a positive and negative affect. Something that is cut both ways has advantages and disadvantages. This is an idiomatic expression used in both social and professional contexts.

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  1. Not everything is good or bad, black or white. In life, things have a tendency to cut both ways.
  2. In the new tax will cut both ways I will receive less in my paycheque but benefit from reduced medical expenses.

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  1. My recent promotion cuts both ways because while I'll be earning more money, the extra responsibility and workload means that I will have less time to spend with my family.
  2. The business owner says that he expects total loyalty from his staff, but that cuts both ways -  it is only fair that he should be equally supportive of them.

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