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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.
See also: all, cut, most, of, unkind

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

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.
See also: cut, unkind

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

unkindest cut of all, (most)

The worst insult, the ultimate in treachery. This expression was used by Shakespeare to describe the assassination of Julius Caesar by his friends: “This was the most unkindest cut of all” (Julius Caesar, 3.2). It found its way into the proverb collections of James Howell, John Ray, and Thomas Fuller, which helped its long survival, although today most, which made it a double superlative, is usually omitted.
See also: cut, of, unkind
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Nothing will be gained by cataloguing examples of her unkindness to your sister.
He revealed: "I just said, 'Can you help me?' There was no nastiness, no unkindness."
An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon, who uses the pronoun "they," takes us on an incredible journey into space, the future, and the past.
A truly extraordinary and compelling read from cover to cover, "An Unkindness of Ghosts" showcases author Rivers Somon's impressive flair for originality and master of the science fiction genre.
Rivers Solomon; AN UNKINDNESS OF GHOSTS; Akashic Books (Fiction: Science Fiction) 15.95 ISBN: 9781617755880
Animal terms that raised a smile because of their aptness include a shrewdness of apes, an obstinacy of buffalo, a bask of crocodiles, a murder of crows, a busyness of ferrets, a bloat of hippopotami, a cowardice of curs, a smack of jellyfish, a labour of moles, a pandemonium of parrots, an unkindness of ravens, a crash of rhinoceros, a knot of toads, a descent of woodpeckers and a zeal of zebras.
NO sooner have North East pop star Cheryl and her boyfriend Liam announced the name of their new baby than people are ripping into it on the crucible of unkindness that is Twitter.
Men were out enduring the unkindness of the sea for months at end while women were in their homes single-handedly managing the household and the extended family.
The names for animal collectives are unusual ones, indeed, and Smith opts for the terms not as commonly used--a turn of turtles, a smack of jellyfish and an unkindness of ravens.
He had little tolerance for unkindness or manipulation of any kind.
And if you see someone who acts like a mule, remember the animals and their new rule: instead of unkindness, choose niceness and see exactly how joyful the barnyard can be!" "Flim Flam & Other Such Gobbledybook" closes with a flim flam glossary to give helpful explanations of the many wonderful nonsense words used in the text to convey the value of acceptance of others.
Charlie bullies his way into a crisis when he alienates his friends with his unkindness, just as his birthday quickly approaches.
An early reference to kindness in the nursing literature is found in a 1926 letter to the American Journat of Nursing, in which the author admonishes nurses to always act with kindness, if only for the somewhat utilitarian reason that patients will remember acts of unkindness. (2) But in 2010, nurse ethicist Megan-Jane Johnstone wrote that "a ianguage of kindness and a cutture to support it are largely lacking in modern society.
They added that it is unkindness to the FATA people that they are still living under FCR law which is made by British ruler to enhance their rule in the region but after 68 years independence the FATA people are still struggling to find way to demolish the colonial law.
Ridicule of the medieval romance happened even in the Middle Ages, as we see when the Host intervenes to stop the wearying absurdity of The Tale of Sir Thopas, with slight unkindness to the pilgrim Chaucer.