In diamond cut diamond, is cut a verb?
1. Hardly can I say it was a game of diamond cut diamond, but...
2. Upon the principle of 'diamond cut diamond' the stones are roughly fashioned by the bruter into whatever symmetrical form he has designed them to be when finished.
3. Diamond cut Diamond, bite the Biter.
4. He felt... sure his employer would outwit him if he could; and resolved it should be diamond cut diamond.
5. In the game of diamond-cut-diamond, it is not always just to single out a single victim for condemnation.
6. Diamond cut Diamond (1876) 338 There is always an especial run on the government pawn-broking establishment.
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I imagine it's the card game which is being referred to in numbers 1 and 4.
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when I was in school, there was a exercise in my language paper(my mother tongue) where we needed to translate some English proverbs to equivalent Tamil proverbs(my mother tongue). In those exercises, the often given proverb to translate was "Diamond cut Diamond" and the equivalent Tamil proverb for that almost means" Evil should be destroyed by evil". I am told by teachers then that Diamonds(stone) are cut only by diamonds. So far, I thought that it is a common proverb in English but now I wonder whether it really exists beyond my place.