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Related to cut both ways: stick with, at first, so much for
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TO CUT, crim. law. To wound with an instrument having a sharp edge. 1 Russ. on Cr. 577. Vide To Stab; Wound.

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Such appeals cut both ways: 150 years ago, Europeans criticized America's slave ownership.
Motor Scooter The taxi-driver said "Where do you want to go?" I said "I'm not entirely sure I know I'll need to consult a highway code" He said "Just tell me the name of the road" I said "Like yourself, my help isn't for free Look at this booklet, it's elementary" He said "Is this a bona fide fare?" I said "Not at all, because you don't care" A BMW driver overtook me yesterday Then he cut me up, it didn't cut both ways I was unmoved by this status symbol car He'd tried intimidation - uncouth by far It's not uncommon on the modern road Possibly ostentatiously, a brainless way to goad Jock Brownlee, Wood End.
Benefits of economic development of heritage should cut both ways, as investors, local communities and the heritage itself will be able to benefit.
Assured heavy global rotation on the genre fest circuit, the pic's X-rated appeal commercially will cut both ways.--Robert Koehler
Creating business growth means conceiving and trying new ideas, and new ideas cut both ways. Some work incredibly well and some don't work at all - and we usually don't know which are which until we try them.