cut both ways

cut both ways
to affect both sides of an issue equally. •

Remember that your suggestion that costs should be shared cuts both ways. Your division will have to reduce its budget as well.

If our side cannot take along supporters to the game, then yours cannot either. The rule has to cut both ways.

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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. 2013.

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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 — • 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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