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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.
See also: body, bone, have, kind

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."
See also: cut, unkind
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By the year 2000, the debate had spilled into the popular press, when a headline in Time magazine characterized episiotomy as "the unkindest cut.
The unkindest and most uninformed criticism--coming even from those who should know better--charges humanists with disregarding the nonhuman forms of life, with being indifferent to the biosphere, with being guilty of what is inelegantly call species-ism.
Laing to the novelist and, worst of all, the canard that Doris's curls were down to a home perm kit -- the unkindest cut of all.
Perhaps the unkindest cut of all was a comment by one of the large-church experts: "He shook his head at the contrast between Ed Young's [a large-church pastor] operation and `the stone church on the corner where the guy is preaching on the Hittites.
Because of this autobiographical orientation, Parkes brings to this study a serious attempt to comprehend the man "from within," often stressing the importance of his personal relationships--with the composer Wagner, the social psychologist Paul Ree, the historian Burckhardt, and especially with the feminist writer and friend of geniuses, Lou Salome, the unrequited love of his life whose rejection was "the unkindest cut of all" in a life replete with numerous humiliating "cuts"--, and their psychic effects on him.
They may talk differently, they may look differently and they suffer the unkindest cut, which is the belief by most of us that people with disabilities can't do the job.
Dubai: For apparel retailers in the UAE, it might seem like the unkindest cut.
The unkindest cut is that the RBI's new measures rewind the clock to 1991 when controls were unfettered.
The unkindest cut of all is to say that behaviour is 'good' at Ormesby School.
The unkindest cut of all has been a tribute song, which has been trailed to the disbursement of the notorious secret funds, a disclosure of which was made recently in a list handed by the Ministry of Information to the Supreme Court.
UNKINDEST "Wi t h o u t t h e CUT OF Plan to slash services * FLASHBACK: lifeline provided by social care services, many people are at risk of reaching a crisis situation.
We have been deficient in paying due attention to it and now there is an unforgivable cut, and this is the unkindest cut of all.
THE UNKINDEST REMARK ABOUT CANADA in this book is right in the title.
But it was the absence of the Senators' name for the recordings that proved the unkindest cut of all.