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the most unkindest cut of all

The most hurtful or malicious thing that one could say to another. The phrase originated in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar in a description of Caesar's murder. Hearing my own mother attack my decision to adopt a child was the most unkindest cut of all.
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doesn't have a (certain kind of) bone in (one's) body

Does not display the trait stated between "a" and "bone." (This phrase does not refer to an actual bone in the human skeleton.) I highly doubt that Jeannie started that vicious rumor about you—she doesn't have a mean bone in her body.
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the (most) unkindest cut (of all)

The most heartless, demoralizing, or treacherous action, remark, or outcome possible. A reference to a line in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, describing Caesar's death at the hands of his friends. But the unkindest cut was watching the man I considered my best friend move in with my ex-wife the second I moved out. Even my teachers stood there laughing at me. That was the most unkindest cut of all. Seeing such a beloved character turned into such an absurd parody of herself, well, that's the unkindest cut of all for longtime fans of the series.
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unkindest cut

The worst insult, ultimate treachery, as in And then, the unkindest cut of all-my partner walks out on me just when the deal is about to go through . This expression was invented by Shakespeare in describing Julius Caesar's stabbing to death by his friends in Julius Caesar (3:2): "This was the most unkindest cut of all."
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And lest anyone should think I'm being unkind to the players, let me at once put that immediately right.
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Of the behaviors reported, 43 percent had been physically bullied, 51 percent teased, 50 percent called hurtful names, 31 percent excluded from a group to hurt their feelings, 28 percent had belongings taken or broken, 39 percent had an unkind rumor spread about them and 21 percent were threatened to be hurt.
I am tempted to quote a verse from Shakespeare's As You Like It, Act II: "Blow, blow, thou winter wind, Thou art not so unkind as man's ingratitude.
Some unkind folk say there must be an attraction the Martians are keeping secret, or the folk there are keeping a closer eye on the sky than the rest of us.
It would be unkind to suggest that the quango makes these announcements for the publicity and column inches they generate.
They will be unkind, merciless slanderers, violent and fierce.
which is one rare sight, about as atypical as another recent happening in the desert -- coach Lute Olson hearing catcalls, the unkind variety, as his Arizona Wildcats were pounded on national television by North Carolina.
In the story, a young girl becomes discouraged by the unkind treatment from her schoolmates.
The townspeople are not so much unkind as they are beaten down.
Although the superb original interiors of the buses were gutted and replaced by unkind tat from 1992, and the fleet badly run down ever since, what survived of the Routemasters was much appreciated by most Londoners.
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