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    double-edged sword

    Hello,

    Speaking in a metaphorical way we can use the expression "double-edged sword" to mean that whatever we are mentioning has a double effect. What about if we use "double-bladed weapon" or "double blade weapon", would a native English speaker understand these two latter terms as if they were synonymous with the first expression?

    Thanks for your help.

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    Re: double-edged sword

    I might be able to work out that was what you meant but I would think that you had got a well-known phrase wrong and I would be likely to correct you.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: double-edged sword

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I might be able to work out that was what you meant but I would think that you had got a well-known phrase wrong and I would be likely to correct you.
    Hello,

    No, I have no sentence to correct.

    I just want to know if the terms I have written - "double-bladed weapon" / "double blade weapon" would be synonymous with "double-edged sword".

    But if you need a sentence, I can write one. Let's see:

    His great intelligence was a real double-edged sword because he never felt he could communicate with ordinary people.

    Although I don't want you to comment on this sentence or if we could use in this precise context the two options I have written above . I just want to know if, in general, those three expressions are interchangeable.

    Thanks a lot.

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    Re: double-edged sword

    Quote Originally Posted by ratóncolorao View Post
    Hello,

    No, I have no sentence to correct.

    I just want to know if the terms I have written - "double-bladed weapon" / "double blade weapon" would be synonymous with "double-edged sword".

    But if you need a sentence, I can write one. Let's see:

    His great intelligence was a real double-edged sword because he never felt he could communicate with ordinary people.

    Although I don't want you to comment on this sentence or if we could use in this precise context the two options I have written above . I just want to know if, in general, those three expressions are interchangeable.

    Thanks a lot.
    I agree with emsr. I probably would understand what you meant (in context), but I would also think that you got the expression wrong.

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    Re: double-edged sword

    I don't consider those three terms to be interchangeable, no. One of them is a fixed recognised expression which, if it is to be used, must use the exact words of the well-known expression.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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