cut and thrust


cut and thrust
noun
1. : cutting and thrusting with a sword
2. : the interplay of a sharp struggle

the inevitability of war between the two … powers was implicit … in the cut and thrust necessarily concealed at the time — Times Literary Supplement

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cut and thrust
1. (in fencing) the use of the edges and the point of the weapon
2. Swift, shrewd and cleverly-calculated action or reaction, argument, etc (cut-and-thrustˈ adjective)
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Main Entry:cut

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cut and thrust,
1. the action, especially in swordplay, of cutting and thrusting.
2. active interplay between opposing interests: »

a master at cut and thrust in debate (Wall Street Journal).

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Fencing the use of both the edge and the point of one’s sword while fighting
a spirited and rapid interchange of views

the cut and thrust of political debate

a situation or sphere of activity regarded as carried out under adversarial conditions

the ruthless cut and thrust of the business world

II
see cut

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cut and thrust
chiefly Brit : the lively and exciting quality of an activity in which people compete or argue with each other

He has always enjoyed the cut and thrust of politics.

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Main Entry:cut
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cut and thrust — see cut, 2
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Main Entry:thrust

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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