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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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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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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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While it has been called the unkindest cut of all, it is a very real part of the process, and Trubisky and all of his teammates know what they're signing up for.
Perhaps the unkindest cut of all was the powerful Saudi crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman inking a $75 billion mega deal with Mukesh Ambani chairman of India's largest business house the Reliance group.
The 'unkindest cut of all' came when the government recently expanded its spying powers to an unprecedented level -- granting 10 agencies the power to intercept, monitor and decrypt data from citizens.
Antonio was to describe Brutus's own stab of Caesar as 'the unkindest cut of all'
The unkindest cut of all. In what way have I broken the prime directive, Captain Kirk?"
Uhuru's recent chess game has forced everyone back to the drawing board, with NASA leaders, particularly Kalonzo, receiving the unkindest cut of all.
But the unkindest cut of all may have come from three people who helped build Facebook in its early days.
Perhaps one of the most unkindest cut of all was delivered by Atambayev to Turkey.
Perhaps the unkindest cut of all for the miners came when, in the face of little or no compen- sation for victims and survivors of the shootings, a bonanza of possible benefits for the police force was announced by police minister Nkosinathi Nhleko at a separate occasion in Pretoria, a couple of hundred kilometres from Rustenburg.
Perhaps the unkindest cut of all for the miners came when, in the face of little or no compensation for victims and survivors of the shootings, a bonanza of possible benefits for the police force was announced by police minister Nkosinathi Nhleko at a separate occasion in Pretoria, a couple of hundred kilometres from Rustenburg.
In his essay, The Most Unkindest Cut of All (referring to the hell of the holocaust in World War II) he used Shakespeare's telling of Mark Anthony's speech to relate how Brutus destroyed Caesar, the man who "loved" him.
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.
Hence, the film titled "Plastic" is dismissed as "a cheap knockoff." On "The Scribbler," the critic says "someone should have scribbled a better script." The review of "Space Station 76" advises that cast and crew "are lost in space." One exasperated critic for the New York Times scolds in his review of "Swim Little Fish Swim" that too many young filmmakers "have a camera or tape recorder but little insight to put into it." "Not Cool" draws the unkindest cut of all: "No one involved with it should ever be allowed to work in the movies again."
But the unkindest cut of all is that the Tatmadaw going back to their earlier agreement.
Meanwhile, the Blues are 90 minutes from the unkindest cut of all - and boss Lee Clark has been left in charge of a club with paralysed finances and with fate conspiring against Brum like an ill wind rustling through a comb-over barnet.