cut-and-thrust


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Noun1.cut-and-thrust - fighting with knivescut-and-thrust - fighting with knives      
fighting, combat, fight, scrap - the act of fighting; any contest or struggle; "a fight broke out at the hockey game"; "there was fighting in the streets"; "the unhappy couple got into a terrible scrap"
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I have no doubt that he has enjoyed the cut-and-thrust between some wonderful characters, culminating (whether he liked it or not) in the heady output of the late Enric Miralles.
Also notable is the Dialogue with Heracleides, unusual ancient stenographic minutes of a cut-and-thrust debate on the Father-Son relationship.