the cut and thrust of (something)

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the cut and thrust of (something)

The dynamic back-and-forth activity of something, typically the discussion in a debate or argument. These pundits seem to thrive on the cut and thrust of on-air debates, but I find that kind of discussion to be unhelpful.
See also: and, cut, of, thrust
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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.