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double-edged swordA benefit that is also a liability, or that carries some significant but non-obvious cost or risk.Rate it:

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two-edged swordA double-edged sword; a benefit that is also a liability.Rate it:

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two-edged swordUsed other than as an idiom: see two, edged, sword.Rate it:

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live by the sword, die by the swordOne who uses violence can expect a violent response. It is better to try to use peaceful means wherever possible.(figuratively) One can expect dire outcomes from any vice; used to convey poetic justice.Rate it:

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fall on one's swordTo commit suicide by allowing one’s body to drop onto the point of one’s sword..Rate it:

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fall on one's swordTo resign from a job or other position of responsibility, especially when pressured to do so.Rate it:

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fall on one's swordTo voluntarily take the blame for a situation.Rate it:

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put to the swordTo execute, especially by using a sword.Rate it:

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put to the swordTo severely defeat.Rate it:

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sword and sandalOf or pertaining to a genre of books or films relating fantasy-adventure tales involving heroic exploits in ancient or biblical times.Rate it:

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sword and sorceryOf or pertaining to a genre of narratives—including short stories, novels, television shows, films, and computer games—which combines wizardry and other fantastical supernatural elements with violent combat using medieval weaponry..Rate it:

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the pen is mightier than the swordMore influence and power can be usurped by writing than by fighting.Rate it:

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double upTo double the quantity, amount or duration of something.Rate it:

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double vertical lineThe typographical character ‖; a symbol composed of two closely spaced line-height vertical lines.Rate it:

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double upAfter a fly ball has been caught.Rate it:

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double upTo have a secondary use.Rate it:

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double backTo retrace one's steps; to go back where one has already gone.Rate it:

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double bassmusical instrumentRate it:

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double bookedOf a single resource, reserved for two different users at the same time.Rate it:

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double creamdairy productRate it:

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double decker busesVehiclesRate it:

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double downTo double one's wager.Rate it:

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double downTo double or significantly increase a risk, investment, or other commitment.Rate it:

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double dutchA date where both man and woman pay for their portion of the bill.Rate it:

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double dutchA game of jump rope with two ropes and frequently two jumpers.Rate it:

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double dutchA language game akin to pig Latin.Rate it:

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double dutchIncomprehensible language.Rate it:

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double dutchSex using a condom and the contraceptive pill at the same time.Rate it:

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double entendreA phrase that has two meanings, especially where one is innocent and literal, the other risqué, bawdy, or ironic; an innuendo..Rate it:

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double entendrePlural form of double entendre.Rate it:

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double overTo bend over at the waist.Rate it:

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double takerSomething causing someone to do a double takeRate it:

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double talkLying, especially in a formal political statement.Rate it:

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double talkSpeaking in a mixture of real English and English-sounding gibberish, for humorous effect.Rate it:

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double tapA tactical shooting technique of pulling the trigger of a weapon twice in quick succession to deliver two shots to the same target zone.Rate it:

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double vertical lineUsed other than as an idiom: see double, vertical, line.Rate it:

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double visiondiplopiaRate it:

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double whammya twofold blow or setback; a series of two events that cause adverse effectsRate it:

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double-tonguedSaying one thing to one person and something different to another; double talking; deceitful in speech.Rate it:

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double-upRequirement to sleep with another individual because of lack of sleeping accomodations.Rate it:

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HE-double-hockey-sticksHell.Rate it:

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HE-double-LHell.Rate it:

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HE-double-toothpicksHell.Rate it:

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on the doubleRapidly or immediately.Rate it:

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bleeding edgeSomething very current, or modern where there may actually be a hazard or risk in using it, such as with potentially unstable software. The term relates to a sword.Rate it:

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stand in forTo replace; to act as a double or substitute for.Rate it:

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measure twice and cut once(literally, carpentry) One should double-check one's measurements for accuracy before cutting a piece of wood; otherwise it may be necessary to cut again, wasting time and material.1872, "Dressmaking," Hall's Journal of Health, vol. 19, no. 12, p. 280:Look at Carpenters! . . . In old times it was a proverb "Measure twice, and cut once."(figuratively, by extension) Plan and prepare in a careful, thorough manner before taking action.2008, Hilary Johnson, "Mergers rattle bank relations," Financial Week, 9 Nov. (retrieved 9 Nov. 2008):Mr. Paz noted that since the onset of the credit crisis, eBay, like other companies, hasnRate it:

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albatrossA double eagle, or three under par on any one hole.Rate it:

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big pictureThe main film in a double feature.Rate it:

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cross swordsUsed other than as an idiom: see cross, sword., to place or hold two swords so they cross each other.Rate it:

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