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    double-edged, at the expense of

    "She says, control in relationships is a double-edged
    sword!

    We all want control in our relationships with men -
    or most of us do... but NOT at the expense of
    vulnerability!


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    What are the meanings of the above phrases highlighted in blue?

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    Re: double-edged, at the expense of

    A double-edged sword has two edges so it can hurt both, the attacked and the attacker (it's not a very good metaphore, but it's sneaked into languages somehow).

    at the expense of - Idioms - by the Free Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: double-edged, at the expense of

    Quote Originally Posted by mmasny View Post
    A double-edged sword has two edges so it can hurt both, the attacked and the attacker (it's not a very good metaphore, but it's sneaked into languages somehow).
    Never mind. The pen is mightier than the sword!

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