diamond cuts diamond

Used of persons evenly matched in wit or cunning. Also frequently found as a descriptive phrase diamond cut diamond. Cf. 1593 NASHE Christ’s Tears II. 9 An easie matter is it for anie man to cutte me (like a Diamond) with mine own dust.

1604 MARSTON Malcontent IV. i. None cuttes a diamond but a diamond.

1629 J. FORD Lover’s Melancholy I. 18. We’re caught in our own toyles. Diamonds cut Diamonds.

1863 C. READE Hard Cash II. xi. You might say I robbed you... It is diamond cut diamond.

1958 M. STEWART Nine Coaches Waiting xi. I’ll always have prospects. Diamond cuts diamond.

1979 Guardian 19 Apr. 26 When the boat comes in: Diamond cut diamond. James Bolam as the rough one turned smoothie.

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