cut and thrust


chiefly British
: the lively and exciting quality of an activity in which people compete or argue with each other
He has always enjoyed the cut and thrust of politics.

Examples of cut and thrust in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Above the cut and thrust of legislative debate, nations are also caught in a contradiction. Mustafa Suleyman, WIRED, 6 Sep. 2023 The public typically hears less about the cut and thrust of policymaking that takes place several levels down the bureaucratic chain. Sarah E. Mendelson, Foreign Affairs, 13 July 2017 Editor Anne Fabini applies a lazy, hazy high-summer rhythm to proceedings that coordinates well with Armin Dierolf’s humid widescreen lensing, with its heavy yellow filters and slow, intoxicated movement — broken only by the aggressive cut and thrust, so to speak, of the film’s love scenes. Guy Lodge, Variety, 17 Feb. 2023

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“Cut and thrust.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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