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Cut-and-thrust   /kət-ənd-θrəst/   Listen

Fighting with knives.  Synonyms: knife fight, snickersnee.

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"Cut-and-thrust" Quotes from Famous Books

... and often at nights, when the vast shadow of the lamp shudders on the ceiling and the wind moans hoarsely outside, I fall back in sheer luxury on the fine, straight, cut-and-thrust of old Boswell's conversations as a relief from the slavering babble which I often hear. Being a Loafer is all very good so far; but some of the men (and women) who address me use a kind of familiarity that makes me long to lie down ...
— The Chequers - Being the Natural History of a Public-House, Set Forth in - a Loafer's Diary • James Runciman

Words linked to "Cut-and-thrust" :   scrap, combat, knife fight, fighting, fight, snickersnee

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