cut-and-thrust cut-and-thrust


  • (n) fighting with knives



  1. In the mannered cut-and-thrust of debate, her points are as emphatic as the slap of a wet cod across a face.
  2. Barzel takes obvious delight in the cut-and-thrust of political battle; if his audiences are too friendly and attentive, he tends to lose some of his oratorical spark.
  3. And he enjoyed the cut-and-thrust of argument with hecklers as much as Old Etonian Home abhorred it.



  • Mr Portillo said: "I have been considering my future for some time and I have decided that it should lie outside the House of Commons. In a number of ways I have lost my enthusiasm for the cut-and-thrust of the chamber and my contribution to it has...
    on Nov 7, 2003 By: Michael Portillo Source:

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