Definition of cut and thrustchiefly British
- He has always enjoyed the cut and thrust of politics.
: to penetrate with or as if with an edged instrument
: to hurt the feelings of
: to strike sharply with a cutting effect
: a product of cutting: such as
: an opening made with an edged instrument
: a wound made by something sharp : gash
: marked by a well-developed and highly defined musculature
: to push or drive with force : shove
: to cause to enter or pierce something by or as if by pushing
: extend, spread
: a forward or upward push
: a movement (as by a group of people) in a specified direction
: salient or essential element or meaning
What made you want to look up cut and thrust? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).