cut and thrust


cut and thrust
a difficult or competitive atmosphere or environment: the cut and thrust of political debate. [orig. a fencing phr.]
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  • cut-and-thrust — [kut′ nthrust′] n. 〚< techniques employed in swordplay〛 a lively, aggressive manner [the cut and thrust of partisan politics]: also cut and thrust * * * …   Universalium

  • cut-and-thrust — [kut′ nthrust′] n. [< techniques employed in swordplay] a lively, aggressive manner [the cut and thrust of partisan politics]: also cut and thrust …   English World dictionary

  • cut and thrust — ► cut and thrust a difficult or competitive atmosphere or environment. [ORIGIN: originally a fencing phrase.] Main Entry: ↑cut …   English terms dictionary

  • 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 * * * cut and… …   Useful english dictionary

  • cut-and-thrust — noun fighting with knives • Syn: ↑knife fight, ↑snickersnee • Hypernyms: ↑fight, ↑fighting, ↑combat, ↑scrap * * * cut and thrust see ↑cut and thrust …   Useful english dictionary

  • cut-and-thrust — noun A vehement argument He never got used to the cut and thrust of political debate …   Wiktionary

  • Cut-and-Thrust Sword — the spada filo or spada da lato of the Italian Renaissance masters. The sword was a thinner, more tapered sword than the earlier Medieval forms, but still shorter and wider than the nearly edgless rapier. They were used for hacking, slashing,… …   Medieval glossary

  • (the) cut and thrust (of something) — the cut and thrust (of something) british phrase the lively or determined way in which something is done He enjoys the cut and thrust of political life. Thesaurus: quality of being interesting, exciting or livelysynonym Main entry: cut * * * the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • (the) cut and thrust of something — the cut and thrust of (something) lively discussion or activity. James enjoys the cut and thrust of debating …   New idioms dictionary

  • (the) cut and thrust of — the cut and thrust of (something) lively discussion or activity. James enjoys the cut and thrust of debating …   New idioms dictionary