cut and thrust

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

A metaphor referring to swordplay.

Pronunciation[edit]

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Noun[edit]

cut and thrust (uncountable)

  1. (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.