cut and thrust
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See also: cut-and-thrust
A metaphor referring to swordplay.
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- (idiomatic) The use of vehement arguments.
- He never got used to the cut and thrust of political debate.
- 1821, Hazlitt, Table Talk, Character of Cobbett:
- He likes the cut and thrust, the falls, bruises, and dry blows of an argument: as to any good or useful results that may come of the amicable settling of it, any one is welcome to them for him.