cut-and-thrust love


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  • n. A vehement argument

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Designed for cutting and thrusting: as, a cut-and-thrust sword.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. fighting with knives


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  • 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.

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  • It's more of a slimmed down cut-and-thrust sword, Mikken's idea of what a bravo's sword would look like.

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  • Gingrich's debating skills owe much to the political cut-and-thrust from his Congress days.

    Romney and Gingrich aim to find ways to wound in South Carolina duel

  • 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.

    It's October, 1956.

  • Except, in the cut-and-thrust of politics, one might describe it as public office without public service.

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  • "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.

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  • 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.

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  • For better or worse, that means much of the time the driver is fighting extra throttle resistance in suburban cut-and-thrust driving.

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  • 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.

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  • 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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