cut and thrust


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cut and thrust

n
1. (Fencing) 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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CUT AND THRUST, who contests the 7f handicap at Lingfield this afternoon, will be trainer Mark Wellings' final runner, writes James Burn.
In this last episode of what has been a noholds barred series, Mary opts for a change of routine by escaping the cut and thrust of hospital medicine by helping out at the local family GP practice.
It's going to be extremely interesting this time around to see if people still appreciate the cut and thrust of big business at a time when the country is in deep recession.