Cut Both Ways Meaning & Sentence Examples

Cut Both Ways Definition, Sentence Examples

CUT BOTH WAYS MEANING – Find out what cut both ways really means. Example sentences of this idiomatic expression can also be found here.

The 17th-century expression “cut both ways” provides a hint at a double-edged sword without addressing it outright. The weapon may cut if propelled forward or pulled back—like a saw—after being drawn from its sheath.

In his book Priest-Craft: Its Character and Implications, Edmund Hickeringill used the expression for the first time.


Cut Both Ways Meaning:

  • have an equal impact on both sides of an issue or anything.
  • have merits and demerits.
  • have both negative and positive impacts at once.
  • have both a positive and a negative impact on something.
  • a choice that has both advantages and disadvantages, or good and unpleasant outcomes.
  • having two different impacts at the same time, usually one good and one bad.

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Here are examples of sentences that use cut both ways:

  1. The audio from the chase was released to the media, and it cuts both ways.
  2. In life, things have a tendency to cut both ways.
  3. Remember that your suggestion that costs should be shared cuts both ways.

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