Home thrust

a well directed or effective thrust; one that wounds in a vital part; hence, in controversy, a personal attack.

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"The difficulty," she said, "is not to paint pictures, but to get frames for them." A home thrust this.
This insinuation was a home thrust, and one that in a more advanced state of society would have entitled Magua to the reputation of a skillful diplomatist.
At last I ventured a home thrust. I determined to commence a series of covert insinuations, or innuendoes, about the oblong box--just to let him perceive, gradually, that I was NOT altogether the butt, or victim, of his little bit of pleasant mystification.
Olly Robinson saved a try by dislodging the ball in a tackle, then Evans and Davies held up a home thrust with impressive resolve.
Their reward came in the shape of an eighth-minute try, scored after Eli Walker and Evans had stopped the initial home thrust.