• synonyms

cut and thrust

  1. fencing using both the blade and the point of a sword
  2. (in argument, debate, etc) a lively and spirited exchange of ideas or opinions
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Historical Examples

  • Methinks there will be cut-and-thrust work ere the proud Norman reach his prey.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Vol. 68, No 422, December 1850


  • The Faus (falso: from falx) appears to have been a kind of spear with a broad, cut-and-thrust blade.

  • Her shrewd question, uttered almost unthinkingly in the cut-and-thrust of repartee, had got home somewhere on an old wound.

    The Hermit of Far End

    Margaret Pedler

  • And finally, there was a cut-and-thrust sword of alarming dimensions.

  • The word “Broad-sword” may be taken to include all kinds of cut-and-thrust swords.

    Broad-Sword and Single-Stick

    R. G. Allanson-Winn