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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In this last episode of what has been a noholds barred series, Mary opts for a change of routine by escaping the cut and thrust of hospital medicine by helping out at the local family GP practice.
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.
Harry: Well, we do try to combine the statutory compliance aspects, the audit trail as it were, with the cut and thrust of the operational results.