Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Designed for cutting and thrusting: as, a cut-and-thrust sword.
- n. idiomatic A vehement argument
- n. fighting with knives
“The truth is that ministers who came to office with no experience of the cut-and-thrust of policy find themselves at the mercy of shrewder heads.”
“It's more of a slimmed down cut-and-thrust sword, Mikken's idea of what a bravo's sword would look like.”
“Gingrich's debating skills owe much to the political cut-and-thrust from his Congress days.”
“Points of order were okay, proper argument was okay: natural instinct and a near-primal taste for the cut-and-thrust took over, and she really quite enjoyed it.”
“Except, in the cut-and-thrust of politics, one might describe it as public office without public service.”
“Funny the Way It Is" is a busy, catchy bundle of tension and release, with Tinsley's violin slicing across the band's cut-and-thrust and a grunting riff in the bridge that gets under your skin like another chorus.”
“It is hard to see how you can transpose the American cut-and-thrust restructuring model in continental Europe with its complex politico-industrial-socioeconomic systems, especially in an election year in France.”
“For better or worse, that means much of the time the driver is fighting extra throttle resistance in suburban cut-and-thrust driving.”
“It is common, especially in recent months, to hear people asserting that the Dalai Lama is a wise and even heroic spiritual leader who is nonetheless a little out of his depth in the cut-and-thrust of realpolitik, which observes rules and priorities very different from the monastic ones.”
“His dress was not different from what he then wore, excepting that he had a loose riding-coat of camlet, under which he carried an efficient cut-and-thrust sword, instead of his walking rapier, and also a pair of pistols.”
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