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cut to the quick

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Verb

cut to the quick

  1. To hurt a person deeply, especially emotionally.
    • 1902, Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness,
      I was cut to the quick at the idea of having lost the inestimable privilege of listening to the gifted Kurtz.
  2. To get to the most essential idea or point.
    • 2005, Cristina Malcolmson, "review of Fantasies of Female Evil: The Dynamics of Gender and Power in Shakespearean Tragedy by Cristina Alfar," Shakespeare Quarterly, vol. 56, no. 1, p. 112,
      Alfar's analysis cuts to the quick of the socioeconomic structures that underlie marriage, primogeniture, monarchy, and imperialism.

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