unkindest cut

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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One more thing: some of us Africans like to give our dead relatives a decent send-off, and the "most unkindest cut of all" occurs when this worthy sentiment is exploited to fleece us.
Live It for Royal Ascot one life live it put on the playboy act to live up to his name ahead of the 7f handicap but knuckled down when John Egan asked him to keep his unbeaten record, although it will not save him from the unkindest cut as owner lee Man Bun will be racing him in Hong Kong next season.
And he may need to beat current world champion Gary Anderson to survive the unkindest cut in darts.
For the beleaguered finance minister, George's stand may appear like the unkindest cut since George has been acting as his right hand man.
That was the most unkindest cut of two that happened in the space of as many days.
This is perhaps the unkindest cut of all that the poor sustain during the admissions process--being offered a $20,000 scholarship to attend a $50,000-a-year college.
This was the unkindest cut of all because the Swans are lame ducks away from home and were heading only one way - and that was down table.
Call this the unkindest cut, but P's free water world seems to have turned South Delhi's tony neighbourhoods into drier places.
And, even for a drama oft criticised for being too bloody and violent, that was the unkindest cut of all.
There was then a gorgeous on-drive off Shannon Gabriel before what, for the crowd, was the unkindest cut of all.
The unkindest cut of all is to say that behaviour is 'good' at Ormesby School.
And axing housing benefit for those in most desperate need of it is the unkindest cut of all.
Brutus and Cassius play out their strategies through words, and listening to the actors makes you realise how much Shakespeare contributed to our everyday language: "the dogs of war", "it was Greek to me" and "this was the most unkindest cut of all".
Concerned Voter Iron Angle: The unkindest cut of all in the Birmingham budget These cuts to social services are truly inhuman.
In his New Year message, Mr Barber said: "It's hard to pick out the unkindest cut of all, but a top contender must be the 10 per cent cut in housing benefit that kicks in after someone has been unemployed for more than a year.