One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘a newspaper cutting’
clipping, clip, snippet, extract, excerpt
article, piece, passage, column, paragraph
piece, bit, fragment, part
1‘a cutting remark’
hurtful, wounding, barbed, pointed, scathing, acerbic, mordant, trenchant, caustic, acid, abrasive, sarcastic, sardonic, snide, spiteful, malicious, mean, nasty, cruel, unkind, vicious, venomous, poisonous, vitriolic
North American acerb
informal bitchy, catty
British informal sarky
North American informal snarky
rare acidulous, mordacious, squint-eyed
2‘cutting winter winds’
icy, bitterly cold, icy-cold, freezing, arctic, Siberian, glacial, bitter, chilling, chilly
biting, piercing, penetrating, raw, keen, sharp, stinging, harsh
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