The definition of cut-and-thrust is behavior that is enthusiastic and aggressive.
An example of cut-and-thrust is the heated attitudes of candidates at a live debate.
a lively, aggressive manner: the cut-and-thrust of partisan politics
also cut and thrust
Origin of cut-and-thrust; from techniques employed in swordplay
- (idiomatic) A vehement argument
- He never got used to the cut-and-thrust of political debate.