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cut and thrust
1. A fencing technique that uses both the point and edge of the blade. Look at that cut and thrust! She's doing such a great job in this match!
2. A lively debate or argument; an enthusiastic exchange of ideas. I don't mind a cut and thrust with Amy—she always has a unique perspective, even if we clash sometimes. The cut and thrust of a debate sure gives me an adrenaline rush!
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.
thrust and parry
Fig. to enter into verbal combat [with someone]; to compete actively [with someone]. (Fig. on the sport of fencing.) I spent the entire afternoon thrusting and parrying with a committee of so-called experts in the field of insurance. I do not intend to stand here and thrust and parry with you over a simple matter like this. Let's get someone else's opinion.
to stick out; to stab outward; to protrude outward. A deck thrust out from the back of the house, offering a lovely view of the stream far below. As he grew angrier, his chin thrust out farther and farther.
thrust someone or something against someone or something
to drive or shove someone or something against someone or something. The force of the crash thrust Liz against Tiffany. The crash thrust Liz against the car door.
thrust someone or something aside
to push someone or something out of the way or to one side. Walter thrust Fred aside and dashed by him into the room. He thrust aside Fred and came into the room.
thrust someone or something away from someone or something
to push or throw someone or something away from someone or something. The guards thrust the spectators away from the path the rock star was taking. They thrust away the spectators from the star.
thrust someone or something back
to push someone or something backward and away. Tom moved forward, but the guard thrust him back. He thrust back the door, which had closed on his foot.
thrust someone or something through something
to drive or push someone or something through something. I thrust Larry through the open door and followed along quickly. Ann thrust the wad of papers through the opening.
thrust something at someone or something
to stab at someone or something with something. The goat thrust its head at the dog. Ann thrust the pencil at the balloon and popped it.
thrust something down
to jab something downward. Max thrust the knife down and speared a piece of chicken. He thrust down the fork like a spear.
thrust something down something
to jab or stab something down into something. The keeper quickly thrust the medicine down the lion's throat. The chimney sweep thrust his brush down the chimney.
thrust something forward
to jab something forward. She thrust her jaw forward and walked into the room. Roger thrust his hand forward just in time to stop the child from crossing the street.
thrust something into someone or somethingand thrust something in
to stab or run something into someone or something. The knight thrust his lance into the villain. He thrust in his knife.
thrust through something
to drive or push through something forcefully. The front end of the car thrust through the side of the house. The stock clerk's knife thrust through the box, ruining the packages of noodles inside.
thrust up through something
to stick or stab upward through something. The tallest of the trees thrust up through the canopy of leaves far overhead. We heard a ripping sound and saw the tent pole thrust up through the top of the tent.
nose out of joint, have one's
Be upset or irritated, especially when displaced by someone. For example, Ever since Sheila got promoted he's had his nose out of joint. Similarly, put one's nose out of joint indicates the cause of the upset, as in The boss's praise of her assistant put Jean's nose out of joint. The earliest form of this idiom, first recorded in 1581, was thrust one's nose out of joint, with put appearing shortly thereafter. Presumably all these expressions allude to the face-distorting grimace made by one who is displeased.
the cut and thrustBRITISH
COMMON If you talk about the cut and thrust of a particular activity, you mean the lively, competitive and sometimes aggressive, way in which it is done. Why then does he want to go back into the cut and thrust of the airline business at an age when most men are happily retired? He seemed to actively enjoy the cut and thrust of politics. Note: You can also use the adjective cut-and-thrust. She has spent the past two years carving out a career as a production assistant in the cut-and-thrust world of advertising. Note: This expression comes from sword fighting.
cut and thrust1 a spirited and rapid interchange of views. 2 a situation or sphere of activity regarded as carried out under adversarial conditions.
In fencing, a cut is a slashing stroke and a thrust one given with the point of the weapon.
ram, force, thrust, etc. something down somebody’s ˈthroat(informal) try to make somebody accept or believe an idea or belief by talking about it all the time: I’m tired of having her opinions rammed down my throat all the time! ♢ He was always forcing Marxist theories down our throats.
the cut and ˈthrust (of something)(British English) the lively exchange of opinions or ideas; competitiveness: He enjoys the cut and thrust of business.
1. To displace someone or something forcefully: The board of directors thrust the president of the company aside. The officer thrust aside the security guard.
2. To reject or refuse someone or something: My teacher thrust aside the request for an extension. The jury thrust the defendant's pleas for mercy aside.
thrust onor thrust upon
To force something or someone on some unwilling or improper recipient: When they went away on vacation, they thrust all their responsibilities on us. Fame was thrust upon the reclusive author.