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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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  • But by this act they simply laid themselves open to "the most unkindest cut of all."

    Russia Donald Mackenzie Wallace
  • This last thought, strange to say, is the unkindest cut of all.

    Molly Bawn Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
  • That seemed the unkindest cut of all—to be suspected after what I had gone through; and I half turned away.

    Gil the Gunner George Manville Fenn
  • It was just when the pudding came on that I got the most unkindest cut of all.

  • This is the unkindest cut of all, for it says we shall carry a "reasonable quantity of luggage."

  • This was “the most unkindest cut of all,” and Sir Digby felt it deeply.

    The Master of the Shell Talbot Baines Reed
  • She meant it as an apology and a consolation, but it was the unkindest cut of all.

    Grey Roses Henry Harland
  • This allusion to her age and personal defects was the unkindest cut of all.

    The World Before Them Susanna Moodie
  • This was the unkindest cut of all:—but, of course, this healed in a day.

  • The provision about covering buttons has always struck me as the unkindest cut of all.

    Dixie After the War Myrta Lockett Avary

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