Definition of cut in English:



[with object]
  • 1Make an opening, incision, or wound in (something) with a sharp-edged tool or object.

    ‘he cut his big toe on a sharp stone’
    ‘when fruit is cut open, it goes brown’
    • ‘He threw a knife and cut a man's ear and cheek with it.’
    • ‘From a safety perspective it is a good idea to wear safety glasses or goggles and heavy-duty work gloves to prevent you from cutting your hands and fingers.’
    • ‘She cut her index finger on the last one and her hand flew to her mouth immediately.’
    • ‘Apparently he had cut them rather deeply in several places, but not enough to sever anything vital.’
    • ‘Now I know it is wrong to give water to a person who has fainted or to cut open the wound to bleed out the poison from the body of a snakebite victim.’
    • ‘It was when I pulled my hand away when I realized that the ring on his finger had cut my skin and it was now bleeding.’
    • ‘He cut open a bun and spread it with butter.’
    • ‘Last week, I cut my finger quite deeply while I was cleaning one of the food slicers.’
    • ‘It was not dying quickly enough so I went and got a sharper knife and cut its throat again.’
    • ‘I cut my right index finger on something or other.’
    • ‘As she tried to fend him off, her hands were cut with the knife.’
    • ‘The businessman recounted how he was interrogated and arrested after his sword replica - too dull to cut an apple - was mistaken for a knife.’
    • ‘His hand was all torn up, gashes ran across his fingers and his palm was cut deeply.’
    • ‘He believes the problem started when someone armed with a Stanley knife took to cutting tyres.’
    • ‘During a big home repair job - well, really just changing a light switch - I accidentally cut myself.’
    • ‘Betsy had already begun to cut open the wound enough to get the bullet out.’
    • ‘Indignant, Tyrone did not hesitate, and as the blades cut deep, blood began to spill.’
    • ‘Children watching might believe that cutting their index fingers with knives is a ‘cool’ thing to do.’
    • ‘My thumb still hurt from when I cut it open.’
    • ‘Doctor Bayley tripped over some large roots and cut her head on a rock.’
    gash, slash, lacerate, slit, pierce, penetrate, wound, injure
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    1. 1.1 Make a deliberate incision in (one's flesh), as a symptom of psychological or emotional distress.
      ‘I started cutting myself when I was about 14 and continued for four years’
      no object ‘I just started high school and I have a lot of self-confidence issues and as a result I started cutting’
      • ‘My foster parents would talk about it with me and the pain was so deep inside I just had to do something to feel something else so I began to cut.’
      • ‘One day last year he found out that I'd been cutting, and that I wanted to kill myself.’
      • ‘Kelly stopped cutting when she left home to go to college.’
      • ‘I stopped cutting myself because after I told my girlfriend about my ritual, she cried and told me she was very sad that I felt I needed to do that to myself.’
      • ‘I pulled my arm under the sheets self-consciously, shrugging when he looked at me inquisitively. He probably thought I had been cutting.’
      • ‘He also stopped cutting himself after my ex-husband moved out, prior to that, there was stress in the house that he may have picked up on.’
      • ‘She stopped cutting and got help for her depression.’
      • ‘I talked to the counselor and she told me other ways to get rid of my anger and pain. She also had to tell my parents I was cutting.’
      • ‘When I could no longer stand to utter one more word in the world, I began to cut myself.’
      • ‘Since Annie stopped cutting, she has become sexually active with her boyfriend and experimented with drugs.’
      • ‘At least she's stopped cutting, but she really needs us more than ever.’
      • ‘People who cut tend to cut more and deeper unless they get help to deal with the stresses that drive them to hurt themselves.’
  • 2Remove (something) from something larger by using a sharp implement.

    ‘I cut his photograph out of the paper’
    ‘some prisoners had their right hands cut off’
    • ‘Individual garnets were cut from selected samples, crushed in a mortar and pestle and sieved.’
    • ‘Dan Sampson said the alleged thief disguised the horse by cutting off its mane.’
    • ‘Whenever a new one is needed, it is simply cut from the nearest tree and the old line and hook is attached to its tip.’
    • ‘He cuts a long, fat fillet from the fish and lays it skin-down on a fresh plank of wood - birch, he tells me.’
    • ‘He explained that they were the sites where millstones were cut from the outcrops of Millstone Grit.’
    • ‘At each time point a leaf of the same age/stage was cut from each tree.’
    • ‘With a large, heavy knife cut the kernels off close to the cob, in a strip down one side.’
    • ‘Before this royal residence was demolished, however, its fifty-six bas-reliefs were cut out of the walls and stored throughout the palace.’
    • ‘Cllr Gleeson says farmers have no objection to people cutting off twigs of holly, but they don't want to see trees cut down.’
    • ‘Chops cut from the rib portion of the loin are appropriately called rib chops.’
    • ‘The sods are cut from the ground first and then when the event is over and the council have removed the debris, the sods are replaced.’
    • ‘While the stallion was still tranquilised, excess growth was cut from its hooves.’
    • ‘Blocks of ice were cut from ponds and lakes on the estate and stacked between layers of straw.’
    • ‘Five segments were cut from each leaf and several cells in each segment were analysed.’
    • ‘Conventional wisdom says sunflowers can be cut as soon as the petals begin unfurling.’
    • ‘McKeon's natural stone is cut from limestone beds laid down 250 million years ago.’
    • ‘This is one of those cars which feels that it was cut from a solid piece of metal, rather than one conventionally assembled.’
    • ‘Two leaves were cut from each plant and carefully placed in polypropylene centrifuge tubes.’
    • ‘The tape then shows him being executed, his head being cut off with a large knife.’
    • ‘The log was cut from a red oak, and burned all of Christmas Eve and some would burn it all day on Christmas Day also.’
    • ‘We decided to use cutting equipment to cut away the section of the fence that had pierced him so he could be taken to hospital.’
    trim, snip, clip, crop, bob, barber, shear, shave
    pick, pluck, gather
    sever, chop off, hack off
    remove, take out, excise, extract
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    1. 2.1 Castrate (an animal, especially a horse).
      • ‘Do not think that having your stallion cut now will instantly make him a darling and all your problems will be solved.’
      • ‘At two, many stallions are gentle (I had one I kept until he was 5 then had him cut).’
      • ‘For more than 50 years, raising, training, cutting and showing horses has been a way of life for him.’
      • ‘Whether cutting cattle or breaking horses, Adam was undoubtedly the best on the Ponderosa.’
      • ‘Get the horse cut, if it doesn't calm down sell it.’
      castrate, neuter, geld, desex, asexualize, sterilize, remove the testicles of
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    2. 2.2cut something out Make something by cutting.
      ‘I cut out some squares of paper’
      • ‘The circles were cut out and placed one on top of one another.’
      • ‘‘Lettering and designs could be cut out instantly in self-adhesive vinyl,’ she said.’
      • ‘Draw a 4-inch square on the piece of paper, and cut it out.’
      • ‘The back panel was easier, since I will be making an acrylic motherboard tray with a square back panel, I just cut it out with my jigsaw.’
      • ‘Only the outline has been cut out and then something happened, leaving the work forever undone.’
      • ‘Finally, the individual leaves would be cut out and then ready to hang from the classroom lights, or be displayed on the classroom windows.’
      • ‘I cut the separate stencils out and I was ready for action with just 4-5 colors of spray paint.’
    3. 2.3cut something out Remove, exclude, or stop eating or doing something undesirable.
      ‘start today by cutting out fatty foods’
      • ‘The fear is that the grand achievement of two decades of democracy is only that the middleman was cut out and repression privatized.’
      • ‘Why, you try cutting them out, stop eating them, avoiding temptation.’
      • ‘However, for most of us, with a little effort, and better public transport, many of those car journeys could be cut out.’
      • ‘"We're going to cut out spending on bureaucracy and abolish regional health authorities.’
      • ‘Best of all, you deal direct with the owners, cutting out the middlemen.’
      • ‘Costly but ‘unnecessary’ house details were cut out after an exhaustive survey of what young house-hunters considered essential, as opposed to ideal.’
      • ‘The usual migraine triggers were cut out from Harriet's diet: chocolate, cheese, orange juice: but to no avail, says Nicky.’
      • ‘Cut down on sodium the week before, then cut it out entirely the last three days before the shoot.’
      give up, refrain from, abstain from, go without, stop drinking, stop eating
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    4. 2.4cut something outNorth American Separate an animal from the main herd.
      ‘after the target animal is spotted, the pilot swoops down, cutting it out of the herd’
      • ‘Sneaking up on a huge animal, and cutting it out of a herd was always treacherous business.’
      • ‘I had been grinning all morning, especially when Mesa and I succeeded in cutting some difficult cows from the herd.’
      • ‘Just as Diego almost cut the cow out of the herd it lashed out kicking furiously and howling.’
      • ‘The judges are looking for the rider to dart in decisively and cut a specific cow, but Joe is moving slowly.’
      • ‘In the herd work, the horse cuts a cow from the herd and shows its ability to control it with little assistance from his rider.’
  • 3Divide into pieces with a knife or other sharp implement.

    ‘cut the beef into thin slices’
    ‘he cut his food up into teeny pieces’
    • ‘I had to present Michael with a great big sabre to cut the cake - we had a real laugh with it.’
    • ‘At one point, he got up to cut oranges into strange shapes on a chopping board.’
    • ‘I experimented by cutting one of these fish into large chunks and mounting it on a large hook.’
    • ‘The upstairs tenant told police he had a knife because he was cutting cheese when the women knocked on his door.’
    • ‘Matthias chuckles, then takes a knife, and cuts himself some bread.’
    • ‘It's too bad Sara had made Salad for supper because the carrots had to be cut with a knife.’
    • ‘At the final moment I was more interested in examining the knife rather than cutting the cake.’
    • ‘There was already a knife to cut the cake with, but Abigail always thought bigger was better.’
    • ‘The pieces can be cut with scissors into small squares and put into color categories.’
    • ‘In the early days there was nothing else for it but to cut the snow into blocks using shovels and then throw it over the wall.’
    • ‘Today I chopped the ends of two fingers cutting vegetables for supper.’
    • ‘She likes colouring and cutting the paper into shapes.’
    • ‘Making a rug was a family affair, with the children sitting under the frame cutting fabric into strips whilst their parents made the rug above them.’
    • ‘All you need to do is wash, trim and cut the young tender stalks into short pieces.’
    • ‘The ribbon is cut into strips and stacked four high before it moves on for dicing and shredding.’
    • ‘Peter Chroston is cutting these up into 7ft by 4ft by 2ft pieces of wood which have to be steamed and worked into place.’
    • ‘At more than six feet tall and weighing in at over 600 pounds, her cake had to be cut with a knife that was a foot and a half long.’
    • ‘I cut the card into strips, which both separate the card number into chunks and excise it from the expiration date.’
    • ‘I looked down at the chicken I had cut up and skinned, and got another board out to cut onions up in.’
    • ‘After baking a layer of icing sugar is placed on top and the cake is cut into squares.’
    chop, cut up, slice, dice, cube, mince
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    1. 3.1 Make divisions in (something)
      ‘land that has been cut up by streams into forested areas’
      • ‘Even Ethiopia, situated on a high plateau, which was cut up by mountains and vast canyons that made internal travel difficult, was accessible only from an exceptionally hot and unpleasant desert coast.’
      • ‘In other words, the black squares may not cut the grid up into separate pieces.’
      • ‘The middle section has some very large tunnels that cut through the reef crest.’
      • ‘Green lawns stretched out around the castle, and were cut through with stone paths.’
      • ‘Heaps of snow had been cut up by vehicles into mushy mud.’
      • ‘Lafayette street was added years later after the land had been cut up and sold to developers.’
    2. 3.2 Separate (something) into two; sever.
      ‘they cut the rope before he choked’
      • ‘The sailors had to cut through their anchor line to escape the beach.’
      • ‘In three out of four cases where handbags have been stolen, the offender or offenders have or have attempted to cut through the shoulder strap.’
      • ‘How did they cut through the chain without waking anybody up?’
      • ‘They cut through the chain locking the bike to a drainpipe outside the flat where Mr Croucher was staying in the early hours of April 10.’
      • ‘Some were lost through storms or when their marking float lines were cut by boat props or otherwise severed.’
      • ‘He finished with the wound and cut the thread with a serrated combat knife from the soldier's belt.’
      • ‘Dr. Zachariah also testified that the Achilles' tendons of many wounded persons were cut to prevent them from fleeing.’
      • ‘He then tried unsuccessfully to cut through the lock with a hacksaw.’
      • ‘The thieves broke into the shop through the back door and used cutting equipment to cut through the burglar alarm.’
      • ‘Much to her surprise, she felt arms around her and her ropes were being cut.’
      • ‘An unidentified farm labourer cuts through a piece of steel with a gas torch without the use of mandatory safety goggles.’
      • ‘Koras yelled in anger as the noose was taken from Asedrisean's neck and the ropes were cut from his wrists.’
      • ‘A bundle of straw can be separated into parts by cutting all the straws in half, or by splitting it up into single straws, or by dividing it into two bundles.’
      • ‘After Justin cut the rope she thought her life was about to end, but Brian had run under her and caught her.’
      • ‘He stated that it was only after he had arrived at Aegion at about 10 am that he learned that the ropes had been deliberately cut.’
      • ‘A spokesman for Dublin Fire Brigade said the incident occurred when workmen cut through a pipe they believed to be dry.’
      • ‘Also among the exhibits is the pair of scissors used by Mrs Mary Brown to cut the ribbon at the official opening of Morecambe pier in 1907.’
      • ‘An inline fuel separator is installed by cutting the vent hose that runs from the fuel tank to the tank vent on the outside of the boat.’
      • ‘He might have a list of 10 stores he was being paid to open, and being paid big money just to cut the tape with the ceremonial scissors.’
      • ‘That is rewriting history, and cutting your anchor rope, and should be resisted.’
      sever, cleave, cut in two
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    3. 3.3cut something down Cause something to fall by cutting it through at the base.
      ‘some 24 hectares of trees were cut down’
      • ‘Within the next 18 months, 76 trees will be cut down and replaced, one street adjoining the square will be completely pedestrianised and the rusted Galway Hooker sculpture will be moved.’
      • ‘Many holly trees are cut down or mutilated by people in the run-up to Christmas.’
      • ‘Resident Welfare Associations in the city complain that about 100 trees were cut down in recent weeks, and saplings planted with great expectations are felled without a second thought, sometimes by vandals.’
      • ‘For this purpose, the damar and acacia trees will be cut down.’
      • ‘Around 30 trees have been cut down and five of them would have required a notice to do so.’
      • ‘When trees were cut down, heavy rainfall would wash off the topsoil and leach the nutrients.’
      • ‘The loggers come to the forest with mechanical chainsaws, cut the trees down indiscriminately and load them onto trucks before leaving the forest as if nothing had happened.’
      • ‘I feel physically ill when trees are cut down in my immediate vicinity.’
      • ‘When trees are cut down, this cycle is disrupted and the area eventually grows drier, causing a change in the local climate.’
      • ‘Beautiful old trees have been cut down and the river polluted.’
      • ‘The trees in the parks have been cut down for firewood.’
      • ‘Mystery continues to surround whether a required felling licence was obtained before the Douglas Fir trees were cut down and supplied, free of charge, for use in the troubled famine ship project.’
      • ‘This week, about 300 70-year-old trees were cut down on the site where drilling for the tunnel shaft will start later this summer.’
      • ‘In New York, 7,000 trees have been cut down, thanks to an infestation of Asian long-horn beetles brought here in wood crates from China.’
      • ‘So you're saying someone purposely cut this tree down to fall on me, then ran away just a few minutes ago?’
      • ‘Whenever a massive sequoia tree or branch threatened to fall on a structure, the tree was cut down.’
      • ‘The company also said only 379 trees will be cut down during construction of the project, instead of the previously estimated 500 trees.’
      • ‘He told the hearing that between 50-100 oak trees on his land would be cut down because of the Bypass project.’
      • ‘Hundreds of trees were cut down to widen the roads.’
      • ‘In some areas, horse chestnut trees have been cut down because of the possibility that children might be hurt playing conkers.’
      fell, chop down, hack down, saw down, hew
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    4. 3.4cut someone down (of a weapon, bullet, or disease) kill or injure someone.
      ‘Barker had been cut down by a sniper's bullet’
      • ‘Just as this associate is about to divulge more, a hail of bullets cuts him down, cutting short the protagonist's convalescence and paving the way for another narrative-driven, gunplay-heavy escapade.’
      • ‘He was being driven to work one October morning in his luxury vehicle when he was cut down by a gunman.’
      • ‘On his second tour of duty in Korea, he was cut down by enemy machine-gun fire.’
      • ‘If your attempt fails, the enemy will use the weapon he carries to cut you down.’
      • ‘He only discovered Gordon had been cut down by the propellers, situated on the back of the plane, when he stepped out.’
      • ‘He gets to within 5 metres, Pepe following closely behind, when all of a sudden, a machine gun opens up, and Luis is cut down in his tracks.’
      • ‘He remained a prolific and successful composer until a massive coronary cut him down in 1979.’
      • ‘She found a weapon that would cut him down quickly and cleanly.’
      • ‘A big chunk of Matthew's life was stolen from him, and he was cut down in his prime.’
      • ‘Clenching his hands tightly in a ball, Erik tried with all his might to control his trembling, but failed, ‘He said that if I did not draw my weapon he would cut me down where I stood.’’
      • ‘The embarrassment for the US Army comes after they reported that he had died attacking a legion of better armed enemy combatants and had been issuing fire orders until he was cut down by enemy fire.’
      • ‘She was cut down in her prime. Justice has been delayed in her case for far too long.’
      • ‘One of the first to try and escape amid the explosions and gun fire, her captors had turned their guns on her and cut her down as she fled.’
      • ‘The woman, whose 17-year-old daughter was cut down by four 9mm bullets fired from a sub-machine gun, also called for an end to the violence associated with gang culture.’
      kill, slaughter, dispatch
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  • 4Make or form (something) by using a sharp tool to remove material.

    ‘workmen cut a hole in the pipe’
    • ‘Police are hunting the thieves, who cut a big hole in the fence to get to the aluminium.’
    • ‘Leaves of various shapes and sizes were cut from green construction paper.’
    • ‘We proceeded to cut a hole in the fence and climb through.’
    • ‘Then cut an empty picture frame from thick card and lay it over the paint.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, cut a hole in the centre of each slice of bread, about two inches in diameter.’
    • ‘Multi-purpose scissors are also a useful tool for cutting these shapes.’
    • ‘They had been using the knife from the guard to cut a hole in the net.’
    • ‘The burglars got into the rear yard of a neighbouring property and cut a hole in a fence through to the back yard of Hussey and Greenhow.’
    • ‘The students were given the option to cut any type of shape, an object or abstract.’
    • ‘He looked around, and cut a hole in the corner of the bag with his knife.’
    • ‘The buttons of the true aloha shirt were cut from coconut shell.’
    • ‘Use a small saber saw to cut a hole in the top of each pumpkin; clean them out, and save one of the pumpkin tops.’
    • ‘Eventually, firefighters cut a hole in the main floor to gain access.’
    • ‘Paul took it off our hands, cut a big hole in the side, clean it out and bingo - a brand new bullet-proof hide.’
    • ‘He had said that they were to cut a hole in the floor and crawl under the floorboards to escape.’
    • ‘Who would want to cut a hole in the ice and dive beneath it, when you can go to the tropics and do it without a drysuit?’
    • ‘Do we cut a hole in our water supply pipe, and drip chemicals into it?’
    • ‘Cut out a round of greaseproof paper the same size as the saucepan and cut a hole in the centre to allow excess steam to escape.’
    • ‘He continued to make his incision until he had cut a patch around the rectangular object.’
    • ‘In order to provide fish for her to eat, the son cut a hole in the center of a breadfruit tree growing outside her house.’
    form, fashion, make, create, mould, model, cast, frame, sculpt, sculpture, block
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    1. 4.1 Make or design (a garment) in a particular way.
      ‘an impeccably cut suit’
      • ‘In terms of style, my suggestion is to opt for a pair of jeans cut, boot fit leather pants.’
      • ‘She was never associated with skimpy bathing suits, low cut gowns and short dresses.’
      • ‘I was wearing a black tank top and low cut faded blue jeans and I had a spike belt, leather watch and silver chain.’
      • ‘The garment back pattern can now be cut on the fold, so alter the pattern cutting layout if necessary.’
      • ‘She designs and cuts every dress herself, and has a tailor and two helpers.’
      • ‘In honor of her betrothal the neckline had been cut lower than she had ever worn before.’
      • ‘I loved my bathing suit: a French cut bikini with a red and black checkerboard design.’
      • ‘Sara struggled into tight jeans and a low cut shirt that was also too tight.’
      • ‘On one hand you ask if your socks should be the same colour as your shorts, then you ask if low cut socks are fashionable!’
      • ‘Her cerulean wool suit, finely cut and quite modern, gave her a bit of a sophisticated air.’
      • ‘My prospective sister-in-law was twenty years of age, wore tight mini skirts and low cut blouses.’
      • ‘Dresses are sometimes cut on the biases, giving them that romantic gypsy flair.’
      • ‘He also knows how to cut a killer coat, while still remaining true to his vision.’
      • ‘The latest Nike collection for summer offers simple cut, practical design and more colours this year.’
      • ‘Most of the male swimmers continued to wear the traditional brief cut suits until just this year.’
      • ‘Man Power is a story of cool cut suits and separates that focus on strong masculine lines.’
      • ‘They power dress in stern, cut suits, usually in dark colours such as black, grey or navy.’
      • ‘To get the most out of your purchase, stick to classic cuts like waist and ¾ length.’
      • ‘I had a low cut polo shirt along with a denim mini skirt and silver pumps.’
      • ‘She arrived in a beautiful green gown, cut low in the bodice, tight in the waist, and with a flaring soft skirt.’
    2. 4.2 Make (a path, tunnel, or other route) by excavation, digging, or chopping.
      ‘plans to cut a road through a rainforest’
      no object ‘investigators called for a machete to cut through the bush’
      • ‘The round table sessions though, cut through theory and get to the heart of the issues surrounding theatre in Canada.’
      • ‘Their outhalf scored a fine try on 30 minutes when they won a scrum against the head and he cut through the Port defence.’
      • ‘Where the water had once come to an abrupt end at Failsworth, a new channel was cut through the path of the town's Co-op supermarket.’
      • ‘The mayor could be independent of party politics, which would certainly cut through some of the backroom machinations.’
      • ‘The first attempt to cut the Panama Canal was abandoned after thousands had died from yellow fever.’
      • ‘They followed riverbeds and paths cut through the mountainous terrain for the Indonesian army.’
      • ‘A new road had been cut through the quarry wall to a tidy waterside quay.’
      • ‘It needed some spinach, a few hot chillis, black olives, capers, something, anything, to cut through the cheese.’
      • ‘When iconic images are tied to compelling content, they can still cut through our frenzied visual landscape’
      • ‘Trees scratched at me as I cut through the branches, sweeping them from my path.’
      • ‘‘It took us two hours to cut through the brambles to get to the house,’ she says.’
      • ‘A bugle sounded loudly, cutting through the peaceful silence.’
      • ‘Not a tree marred the landscape of endless yellow and there was no path cut through the jungle of grass.’
      • ‘Head of the council's Road Design Office, Tim Fitzgerald, said the surveys involved cutting trenches near the route of the new highway to resolve any’
      • ‘The 52 miles long main canal was cut from the Kennet and Avon at Semington to the Thames at Abingdon and was opened in 1810.’
      • ‘He had found the path, cut through the forest, followed the trail of pebbles and watched the signs leading to nowhere.’
      • ‘The vinegar is a bit sharp and cuts through the other flavors.’
      • ‘Another twin-bore tunnel is being cut eastwards from Stratford to Dagenham.’
      • ‘In past storms, it has taken up to three days just to cut through the drifts.’
      • ‘Sometimes a cave will cut through a headland to become a tunnel, opening out to become an arch, and when the arch eventually collapses a stack is left.’
      • ‘It was a formidable engineering feat, for the line had to be cut through 420 km.’
      excavate, dig out, quarry, hollow out, scoop out, gouge out, bore, tunnel, burrow, mine, channel
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    3. 4.3 Make (a sound recording)
      ‘quadraphonic LPs had to be cut at a lower volume level than conventional records’
      • ‘From what I’ve been able to dig up Turner cut the album in his home studio.’
      • ‘Many singers and music directors are being roped in to cut the albums for political parties and potential candidates.’
      • ‘The performers posed for a photocall after cutting the single.’
      • ‘Even two songs cut with hot producer Gavin Brown and ace keyboardist Richard Bell are merely passable.’
      • ‘The single was cut in secret and sold 1.5 million copies within days of its release.’
      • ‘They signed a publishing deal and cut tracks with seven or eight producers, unable to find one that fit both of their styles.’
      record, make a recording of, put on disc, put on tape, make a tape of, tape-record
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  • 5Trim or reduce the length of (grass, hair, etc.) by using a sharp implement.

    ‘Ted was cutting the lawn’
    ‘cut back all the year's growth to about four leaves’
    • ‘The grass was not being cut and there were many outstanding issues.’
    • ‘Give him a job cutting the grass at the school or working as a janitor.’
    • ‘And now one resident in the estate has had to resort to cutting the two-foot high grass with a scythe just to let his son and the other youngsters in the estate play.’
    • ‘The only thing my mum asked me to do was cut the grass.’
    • ‘The grass should be cut often and the dead foliage taken away every other day.’
    • ‘They asked for new bollards, for footpaths, for ramps - and for the grass to be cut regularly and properly.’
    • ‘To make hay the grass has to be cut, allowed to dry, turned to let the sun dry it thoroughly and then baled and taken to the barn.’
    • ‘However, this growth must be cut at a lower height and incorporated after cutting.’
    • ‘As part of the prize she spent last Tuesday morning in the Tony and Guy hair studios in Dublin where her long dark hair was cut and styled.’
    • ‘She had a good figure, and her light brown hair was cut about neck length, the style in the area.’
    • ‘Residents in these areas had to wait until the second week of August this year for grass to be cut and the estates brought up to basic standard.’
    • ‘And the process seemed to take on an almost spiritual significance - as if we were not only cutting our hair, but ritually severing our links with civilisation.’
    • ‘Her makeup was sensible, and her wheat blond hair was cut very fashionably.’
    • ‘When the flowers start to deteriorate, I cut the planting back short and it comes again.’
    • ‘Just across from the entrance to the grounds the grass is being cut on the public space.’
    • ‘Who cuts their grass or trims their hedge in winter?’
    • ‘He had cut his long brown hair so that it was now barely over his ears.’
    • ‘A man went to a barber-shop to have his hair and his beard cut as always.’
    • ‘The little girl's long blond hair had to be cut to release her from the wreckage.’
    • ‘She cut her hair really short, I mean shorter than most of the guys.’
    trim, snip, clip, crop, bob, barber, shear, shave
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  • 6Reduce the amount or quantity of.

    ‘buyers will bargain hard to cut the cost of the house they want’
    ‘I should cut down my sugar intake’
    no object ‘they've cut back on costs’
    ‘we're looking to cut down on the use of chemicals’
    • ‘Two separate schemes to cut the number of accidents and injuries on South Yorkshire's roads have been unveiled.’
    • ‘At the moment she is preparing for her tough task by cutting down on the amount of tea she drinks.’
    • ‘Both sides should cut their subsidies deeply, or axe them altogether.’
    • ‘She quit as long term supply teacher when her hours were cut from two-and-a-half days a week to just Friday mornings.’
    • ‘Small traders have come up with a series of suggestions to help City of York Council raise extra cash so parking charges can be cut.’
    • ‘That is why 180 nations assembled in The Hague in November to try and agree a set of tools for cutting greenhouse gas emissions.’
    • ‘First, it cuts down on the amount of free time kids spend without supervision.’
    • ‘In the revised plan, the number of hotel rooms was also cut from 440 rooms to a maximum of 360.’
    • ‘Rochdale's police chief has criticised a decision to cut jobs within the division.’
    • ‘The usual tool is to cut interest rates which usually serves as a disincentive to saving and encourages people to borrow.’
    • ‘Income tax was to be cut and domestic rates abolished along with road tax.’
    • ‘Virtually the entire rail network ground to a halt as daily services were cut from 320 to 20 trains.’
    • ‘Plans to improve health, cut crime and create more jobs have been pledged as part of a long term vision for Rossendale.’
    • ‘A decision was made earlier this year to cut the weekend opening hours to save cash.’
    • ‘Services may be cut and charges raised as Tewkesbury Borough Council aims to keep next year's council tax bills as low as possible.’
    • ‘The wait for new phones was cut from six weeks to less than a week for most customers.’
    • ‘But with nobody coming forward to take over the business, the only way forward seemed to be cutting the opening hours.’
    • ‘The number of daily services from Edinburgh to London City route was cut from 27 to 18.’
    • ‘Many campaigners believe the biggest way to cut salt is to target food and drink manufacturers.’
    • ‘They said the company could cut staff both in its core business and its software division.’
    reduce, cut back on, cut down on, decrease, lessen, retrench, diminish, trim, prune, slim down, ease up on
    reduce, cut, cut down, decrease, lessen, retrench, trim, prune, slim down, scale down, salami-slice
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    1. 6.1 Abridge (a text, film, or performance) by removing material.
      ‘he had to cut unnecessary additions made to the opening scene’
      • ‘You lot do know that one of the key scenes was cut from the theatrical release, right?’
      • ‘I wish that Paramount had included some of the scenes cut before the film reached theatres.’
      • ‘Scenes with a mechanical shark had to be cut, because it did not look believable enough.’
      • ‘By cutting some of these characters, the movie would have lost a few moments of hilarity, but gained a tighter, more streamlined feel.’
      • ‘There were a bunch of things in the film that we cut, but we tried it and then looked at it with different people.’
      • ‘Much music was cut from Act Two, which only makes it seem more sporadic and disheveled than ever.’
      • ‘But when something has to be cut, usually the jokes are cut out.’
      • ‘There were a few times when jokes were cut out of a rerun because, for example, they were about someone who had died since the show originally aired.’
      • ‘Yet the British Board of Film Classification is to give it just an 18, provided a scene is cut out where, in a flashback to his youth, the man is playing ‘doctors and nurses ‘with a girl of about six.’’
      • ‘I assume a large chunk of the two older actors was cut from the third act to make it move faster.’
      • ‘It was cut from the US versions, but the entire sequence is intact here for fans to finally see.’
      • ‘These excerpts were ultimately cut from the final script.’
      • ‘The actor said he was ‘shocked’ to learn that his scenes have been cut out of the movie.’
      • ‘She got me involved doing a lot of research and even had me to proof the piece when she had to cut a hundred words from it.’
      • ‘We mentioned the Make History Poverty campaign, which I gather was cut from the show when it was broadcast on TV.’
      • ‘None of these is very funny, and it's easy to see why they were cut from the televised performance.’
      • ‘Funny how we are allowed to see really, really violent scenes, but swear words are cut out of other films.’
      • ‘All I can say is that all the material that makes up this second film was cut out of the main film with good reason.’
      • ‘They're nice set pieces, but it's easy to see why they were cut from the final print.’
      • ‘Both films' directors were out of the country when the studios involved cut the films sharply.’
      shorten, abridge, condense, abbreviate, truncate, pare down
      delete, remove, take out, edit out, excise, blue-pencil
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    2. 6.2Computing Delete (part of a text or other display) so as to insert a copy of it elsewhere.
      See also cut and paste
      • ‘Instead of editing, cutting and deleting my views from these pages, why not simply discuss by way of a reply.’
      • ‘But did you know you can copy, cut, close an application or scroll with just one click?’
      • ‘Pressing the cut or copy button will allow you to cut or copy any highlighted text or image.’
      • ‘There are stage-by-stage file copies too, so cutting and pasting from the next stage of the process into your working file makes things a lot simpler.’
      • ‘Better yet, any automation pattern can be cut, copied and pasted to any other clip or parameter.’
    3. 6.3 End or interrupt the provision of (a supply)
      ‘we resolved to cut oil supplies to territories controlled by the rebels’
      ‘if the pump develops a fault, the electrical supply is immediately cut off’
      • ‘We have about a one-month gap where my income will be cut off and so will my wife's,’ he said.’
      • ‘An inertia switch cuts off the flow of fuel to the engine in the event of a collision minimising the risk of fire.’
      • ‘Yesterday North Yorkshire Police warned people should not use the 999 number to call for help when their electricity was cut off because of flooding and gale force winds.’
      • ‘Libya has also supported British policy, cutting off oil supplies to the beleaguered regime.’
      • ‘Or maybe it was going to sue the federal government in case its funding was cut off.’
      • ‘They bullied their allies into cutting off supplies of fuel oil to the country in November.’
      • ‘This is of vital importance if you don't want to wake up one morning to find out that your benefit has been cut off, just as the rent is due to go out.’
      • ‘It was used by Hitler during World War II when Germany had most of its oil supplies cut.’
      • ‘When their income is cut off, they cannot even feed themselves.’
      • ‘He recounted an anecdote about an elderly council tenant who was left without any gas heating for three days after her supply was cut off in error.’
      • ‘Their gas was cut off for not paying a £140 bill.’
      • ‘Small, hi-tech companies, by contrast, have little power, so their money can be cut off more easily.’
      • ‘‘How efficient,’ I thought when we received our notification stating our water would be cut off on October 21 and 22 for 34 hours, and advising us to store sufficient water, which we did.’
      • ‘They would react by cutting off oil supplies to the West.’
      • ‘And the government is afraid to screw around it with it to fix it, because if tings didn't go as planned, the government fears that its revenue would be cut off and it would go bankrupt.’
      • ‘It was afraid of civil war cutting off its oil supplies.’
      • ‘Department officials said they would be unable to process payments if the power supply was to be cut.’
      • ‘How would you like to meet a student on a Monday morning who hasn't eaten since Saturday because his or her welfare was cut off?’
      • ‘In the meantime, troops have continued to impose a tightened siege on the area, and electricity and water supplies have been cut.’
      • ‘Ms Semple said yesterday the company may be able to continue its work even after its funds are cut off.’
      discontinue, break off, suspend, interrupt
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    4. 6.4 Switch off (an engine or a light)
      ‘Niall brought the car to a halt and cut the engine’
      • ‘The boat turned in close and glided past, its engines cut.’
      • ‘Finally, he cut the two remaining engines, and they rolled silently to a stop.’
      • ‘After about 10 minutes, we would gather at the stern, the engines would be cut and the service would commence.’
      • ‘Their engines, too, can be cut with the flick of a remote control switch.’
      • ‘I'm about to cut the light off when I see the studio portrait on top of the dresser.’
      • ‘He was sixth for a long time, but lost the place after accidentally cutting off the engine whilst trying to de-mist his windscreen.’
      turn off, switch off, shut off, deactivate
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    5. 6.5North American Absent oneself from (something one should normally attend, especially school)
      ‘Rodney was cutting class’
      • ‘One problem is that after cutting class, the teenager faces powerful temptations to misbehave.’
      • ‘He cuts classes and gets into fights.’
      • ‘Girls showed up for the photography workshop without fail, even when they cut school.’
      • ‘I got in trouble for cutting school, staying out late, lying about detention and lying about homework.’
  • 7informal Ignore or refuse to recognize (someone)

    ‘they cut her in public’
    • ‘He simply walked on by, cutting me as dead as a doornail, and shot into his house.’
    • ‘I can't believe you cut me like that!’
    • ‘She heard me say that Britain should withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights and, since then, has cut me completely.’
    snub, ignore, shun, give someone the cold shoulder, cold-shoulder, turn one's back on, cut dead, look right through, pretend not to see
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  • 8(of a line) cross or intersect (another line)

    ‘mark the point where the line cuts the vertical axis’
    • ‘The line cuts the horizontal axis at 11.4.’
    • ‘This line cuts the vertical axis below the horizontal axis.’
    cross, intersect, bisect
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    1. 8.1cut acrossno object Pass or traverse, especially so as to shorten one's route.
      ‘the following aircraft cut across to join him’
      • ‘Sweeps Ditch cuts across Watersplash Lane, and eventually joins the River Thames at Maidenhead.’
      • ‘It is the choices we make from passing a car on the way to work to cutting across a field walking home.’
      • ‘Instead of going up to the front gate with the throng, we cut across and joined up with the other guards coming on duty with the brass band.’
      • ‘Not only would the road pass close to their home, it would cut across the leafy private lane leading to the luxury barn conversion.’
      • ‘They stayed away from the trail, cutting across country, following animal tracks where they could to avoid unseen obstacles.’
      • ‘I cut across the large green, following Kyle until he stopped suddenly and sat down on the lawn.’
      • ‘We follow a path through the Montezuma Basin, then cut across slopes of scree.’
      • ‘I cut across one to see the man cross the street about a block down now so I leapt off the roof and to the street before and kept running after him.’
      • ‘The roads follow these, sometimes cutting across dunes before rejoining the river.’
      • ‘Not long after we left home we noticed a car following us with its lights turned off and so we cut across a park but about three men followed.’
      • ‘In the fall, some birds cut across the Gulf of Alaska to shorten their trip south.’
      • ‘A lorry suddenly cut across the pavement on the Queen Elizabeth Bridge.’
      • ‘They then fly up the coast following the continental shelf edge to Brazil before cutting across the Atlantic to Western Africa and making a U-turn to the North America coastline.’
      • ‘On its northward journey it cut across Iraq south of Baghdad and followed the mountains north into Iraqi Kurdistan.’
      • ‘To calm myself, I'd taken the scenic route and cut across the park to reach school.’
      • ‘He followed her as she cut across the countryside instead of taking the path all the way.’
    2. 8.2cut acrossno object Have an effect regardless of (divisions or boundaries between groups)
      ‘subcultures which cut across national and political boundaries’
      • ‘"It cuts across economic boundaries, " said Kenneth Rodriguez, a local businessman and chairman of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.’
      • ‘That this same complaint is made by legions of girls in small towns and suburbs across America is just one of the reasons this film cuts across national and cultural boundaries so well.’
      • ‘Many organisations will have soft power of their own as they attract citizens into coalitions that cut across national boundaries.’
      • ‘An initiative targeting wildlife sanctuaries cutting across international boundaries hopes to replicate this success elsewhere.’
      • ‘We are all joined in an ancient and eternal union with humanity that cuts across all barriers of time, convention, philosophy and definition.’
      • ‘While the forms it takes vary, it cuts across boundaries of creed, generation and race.’
      • ‘But they do agree that the issue is about people, technology, agencies, radical elements and vested groups who have capabilities to generate terror cutting across all man made boundaries.’
      • ‘Competition law increasingly raises issues that cut across national and regional boundaries.’
      • ‘It also cuts across ideological boundaries and disciplines.’
      • ‘The challenge is to find global solutions for a problem that cuts across national boundaries, cultures, societies and socio - economic strata.’
      • ‘It is inclusive and democratic, cutting across boundaries of age, literacy, gender, and class.’
      • ‘Sport is a good vehicle in this context, as it cuts across the boundaries of nationality, race, religion, and culture.’
      • ‘It is imperative for any development-oriented publication to cover thoughts from all sections cutting across the boundaries of religion, caste or creed.’
      • ‘They understood, too, that appeals to racial pride are a dead end without a larger vision of economic justice that cuts across racial divisions.’
      • ‘Not only does it cut across Hindu ethnic barriers, it crosses a few Christian ones as well.’
      • ‘It is now cutting across ideological divisions among the major parties in Russia and it is likely to have an impact on the country's foreign policy in the long run.’
      • ‘That debate cut across all boundaries, be they family, social or political.’
      • ‘Economic inequality, however, cuts across ethnic and cultural boundaries.’
      • ‘It is a broad theme that cuts across academic boundaries and builds linkages between disciplines to form a humanistic understanding of the many dimensions involved.’
      • ‘And there is enough in our shared capacity for pain and pleasure to make moral concerns cut across cultural boundaries.’
      transcend, go beyond, rise above
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    3. 8.3cut alongdated, informal no object Leave or move hurriedly.
      ‘you can cut along now’
      • ‘Cut along now. There's no time to lose.’
      • ‘‘Cut along now to bed,’ he added gruffly; ‘we'll have to be up like larks to-morrow.’’
      • ‘I think we better be cutting along because we gotta be in Chicago by tomorrow night.’
      be quick, hurry up, move quickly, go fast, hasten, make haste, speed, speed up, lose no time, press on, push on, run, dash, rush, hurtle, dart, race, fly, flash, shoot, streak, bolt, bound, blast, charge, chase, career, scurry, scramble, scamper, scuttle, sprint, gallop, go hell for leather, go like lightning
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  • 9no object, often in imperative Stop filming or recording.

    ‘‘Cut’ shouted a voice, followed by ‘Could we do it again, please?’’
    • ‘But no one yelled cut and I said to myself, ’I'm just an actress, I'm gonna keep on walking until someone tells me to stop.’’
    • ‘Jon will say his line and we'll cut there. You ready? Let's get in position.’
    • ‘The director on the Japanese movie didn't always call cut, he'd keep shooting after the sequence and she'd always follow.’
    • ‘The actor waits - in vain - for his director to call out ‘Cut!’’
    • ‘O.K., let's cut right there for a second.’
    • ‘As soon as I recovered from my shock, I yelled ‘Cut!’ and rushed up to Ria and Erwin.’
    1. 9.1with adverbial Move to another shot in a film.
      ‘cut to a dentist's surgery’
      • ‘From here the film cuts to 1973 and William is a young teenager with an encyclopedic knowledge and appreciation of music.’
      • ‘When the film cuts to the woman answering the phone, a new actress, wearing different clothes, is substituted in.’
      • ‘Then, in a remarkable shot, we cut to her point of view of Ray sitting in the driver's seat.’
      • ‘Near the end of Natural Born Killers, he cuts to a montage of real footage of well-known news events.’
      • ‘Leigh cuts away and ends the scene before Vera says anything, suggesting there's not much that she could have said.’
      • ‘The film cuts away before we can bear witness to the crime.’
      • ‘The film cuts immediately to Vera and her husband in a cinema, laughing at a comedy.’
      • ‘Instead, the film cuts to some months ahead as Everett encounters Beechum at a local shopping mall.’
      • ‘Suddenly we cut to a boy playing football and - briefly at least - there was sound.’
      • ‘I really hadn't been paying attention to the news, until they cut to a shot from the news chopper.’
      • ‘The shot cuts back to Hal, who looks bewildered, and glances back towards Rosemary.’
      • ‘But then we cut to another, calamitous stage in their relationship.’
      • ‘The film cuts to a flashback of Susan aged four drawing with a blue crayon.’
      • ‘The film cuts back and forth, feeding us tiny bits of information in a curious fashion.’
      • ‘The film keeps cutting back from the snow to the real-life protagonists as they relive their experience.’
      • ‘For example, if a character is tracking the inward flight of an asteroid on a radar screen, we cut to a shot of the radar screen.’
      • ‘Then the film cuts to what we assume might be the dawn of the next morning.’
      • ‘The film cuts to another shot, showing it without snow.’
      • ‘France, a former Newsweek reporter, juggles dozens of story lines, cutting quickly from scene to scene to achieve cinematic momentum.’
      • ‘The action in the film cuts between the two sets of lovers.’
    2. 9.2with object Make (a film) into a coherent whole by removing parts or placing them in a different order.
      ‘I like to watch the rushes at home before I start cutting the film’
      • ‘He also continues to cut on film, a noticeable deviation from the industry standard of nonlinear digital editing.’
      • ‘They cut all these pieces together and made it look like a big orgy.’
      • ‘She also talked about how the movie was cut so that it wouldn't be as bloody.’
      • ‘As we speak he is cutting his 18th feature film.’
      • ‘Movies written, set and shot in Scotland are sent elsewhere to be cut, printed and marketed.’
      • ‘Frankly, when I was cutting the movie, it was so great to be able to cut from good fun stuff with Eva and Will and then jump to scenes with Kevin and Will.’
      • ‘I shot 150 hours of material and spent seven months cutting the film.’
      • ‘Davies has an edit suite at home and cuts together match footage to analyse.’
      • ‘We did the interviews separately then cut them when we knew what the story was going to be about.’
  • 10no object Divide a pack of playing cards by lifting a portion from the top, either to reveal a card at random or to place the top portion under the bottom portion.

    ‘let's cut for dealer’
    • ‘The cards are shuffled and cut, and are all dealt out, one at a time, so that everyone has 13 cards.’
    • ‘The cards are not normally shuffled between hands - they are just gathered together, cut and dealt.’
    • ‘The pack is shuffled and cut and 16 cards each are dealt singly as before.’
    • ‘The cards are shuffled, cut, and dealt, usually three at a time, but this is not imperative.’
    • ‘The player to the left of the dealer can choose not to cut, but simply tap the cards.’
    • ‘Players cut for the deal, and whoever cuts the highest card becomes the first dealer.’
    • ‘The dealer may look at the bottom card of the pack after it has been cut.’
    • ‘With the other deck shuffled twice, cut once, and put face up in a topless box, the deal begins.’
    • ‘Forgetting to offer the cards to be cut, or any kind of misdeal is a fault.’
    • ‘The dealer shuffles and offers the cards to the player on the right to cut if he or she wishes to.’
  • 11Strike or kick (a ball) with an abrupt, typically downward motion.

    ‘Cook cut the ball back to him’
    • ‘Full back James McDaid broke down his flank and cut the ball back for Midwood to give the visiting keeper no chance.’
    • ‘He was screaming past them, cutting balls in from the corners and was a constant source of creativity and threat.’
    • ‘He rounds the last line of defence and tries to cut the ball across the face of goal.’
    • ‘He makes a decent run towards the right of the box, but his attempt at cutting the ball across to his teammate goes badly wrong, like almost everything else he's done today.’
    • ‘He caused another scare when he surged into the penalty area, cut the ball back and bent in a deceptive shot.’
    1. 11.1Golf Slice (the ball).
      • ‘Under pressure I never hook. I am more prone to cut the ball, if anything.’
      • ‘After the 8th hole, Barney is ahead by 1 stroke, but cuts his ball into the rough on the 9th.’
      • ‘You might end up slicing and cutting the ball all over the place.’
    2. 11.2Cricket Hit (the ball) to the off side with the bat held almost horizontally; play such a stroke against (the bowler).
      • ‘He opens the over by stepping to the leg side and swinging his bat through a horizontal arc, cutting the ball to point for four more.’
      • ‘The elegant right-hander cut the ball beautifully.’
      • ‘Ahmed, who loves slicing or cutting the ball through the offside, hit 26 off 11 Carruthers deliveries and the duo looked to be taking Baildon to victory.’
      • ‘Wayne Phillips cut a ball from spinner Phil Edmonds that hit Allan Lamb's boot as he turned to take evasive action.’
    3. 11.3Cricket no object (of the ball) turn sharply on pitching.
      • ‘You can't depend on the ball cutting in off the pitch.’
      • ‘The ball cuts back sharply and misses his bat by miles.’
      • ‘The one home bright spot came when Simon Katich cut at James Franklin to end the 84-run stand with Martyn.’
  • 12Mix (an illegal drug) with another substance.

    ‘speed cut with rat poison’
    • ‘Police also discovered equipment in the cellar for cutting and mixing the drugs, including a press for compressing the heroin.’
    • ‘There has been an influx of magic mushrooms cut with toadstools.’
    • ‘It was speculated that this novice dealer was cutting the cocaine he sold with amphetamine due to his existing belief that that is what he was supposed to do.’
    • ‘He says drugs are sometimes cut with other substances like talcum powder and the bag could simply have been mislabelled.’
    • ‘They do this by cutting the drugs with other powders, showing no respect for the people who take the drug.’
    • ‘The problem with obtaining LSD is that so much of it is impure; either weak or heavily cut with speed.’
    make impure, degrade, debase, spoil, taint, defile, contaminate, pollute, foul, sully
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  • 13cut itNorth American informal Come up to expectations; meet requirements.

    ‘this CD player doesn't quite cut it’
    • ‘The current pair isn't cutting it, a fact that contributed to the Pats' decision to draft Ben Watson.’
    • ‘Talking with Kate the other week, I was saying I needed to get a mirror as the glass doors on my pantry weren't quite cutting it.’
    • ‘My girlfriends say not to sweat it, she'll have the baby soon enough, but that just isn't cutting it with me.’
    • ‘Unfortunately for him, he'll never know if he is made of the stuff required to cut it living offshore.’
    • ‘Let's face it, for those who just want to feel the beat and rock and roll, the radio ain't cutting it either these days.’
    • ‘A down-on-his-luck former thief is drawn back in when he just isn't cutting it in the straight life.’
    • ‘I always wanted to be part of a merciless crew, and the Rochester Massif never quite cut it.’
    • ‘For years Leeds were the team who didn't quite cut it against the key rivals, Wigan and Bradford.’
    • ‘The pin cushions, flaming squirrels and dead virgins just aren't cutting it.’
    • ‘I know my thyroid needs to be tested as the current meds aren't cutting it.’
    succeed, achieve success, be successful, be a success, do well, get ahead, reach the top, become famous, achieve recognition, distinguish oneself, set the world on fire
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  • 1A stroke or blow given by a sharp-edged implement or by a whip or cane.

    ‘he could skin an animal with a single cut of the knife’
    • ‘After 22 cuts of the whip, he was starting to feel the pain creeping through his mind.’
    • ‘He watched his father's neat, even blows, chops, cuts, and parries.’
    • ‘One person used the scissors repeatedly before he quit the stage, taking time to consider each cut.’
    • ‘Use clean, sharp clippers, and make cuts at 45-degree angles so moisture won't collect on the cut tips.’
    • ‘And people joked about it, used to add up how many cuts of the cane they got as a mark of honour and so on, but I was scared.’
    • ‘However, a quality, sharp set of scissor blades can glide through any pruning job making good clean cuts which in turn encourages good growth.’
    • ‘Make cuts on an angle and just above a node, where the leaf attaches to the stem.’
    • ‘Its heavy metal blade is balanced to aid your efforts in making a solid cut.’
    • ‘Make cuts slightly above a strong bud that faces the outside of the plant.’
    • ‘Often the horse does his work with panting sides and trembling knees, and not seldom gets a cut of the whip from his rider.’
    • ‘The leverage is used to continue the counter offensive action and land a cut or thrust.’
    • ‘You can cut this material on a table saw, or with a circular saw, jig saw, hand saw, or by making multiple scoring cuts with a sharp utility knife.’
    • ‘When pruning the Apple tree, first cut out any dead or deceased branches, being careful to make cuts close to the main branch, without leaving any stub.’
    • ‘The log books show that in those days impertinence was punished by one or two cuts with the cane - or a slap with an open hand.’
    blow, slash, stroke
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    1. 1.1in singular A haircut.
      ‘his hair was in need of a cut’
      • ‘Stylish ladies could get a cut and perm at Southampton department store Owen Owens for £16.30.’
      • ‘A cut, shampoo and set would take about an hour, and a perm would take two hours.’
      • ‘I was first introduced to Reiki some eight years ago, sitting in the hairdressers having a cut and blow dry.’
      • ‘Swindonians were given a cut, brush and blow dry at the weekend to raise money for charity.’
      • ‘Daniel has just opened his own salon in Birstall and he is now offering Bradford City fans the chance to bid for a cut and blow dry or restyling.’
      • ‘I have let it go years without a proper cut because I just don't know what to do with it.’
      • ‘He is now doing his bit to ensure his former club survives by offering a free cut and blow dry or restyling session.’
      • ‘After the cream had spent its time in my hair and was washed out, they decided that my hair would need a cut.’
      • ‘I went along to the spacious Studio in Edinburgh for a cut and colour to find out.’
      haircut, trim, clip, crop
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    2. 1.2often with modifier A reduction in amount or size.
      ‘she took a 20% pay cut’
      ‘a cut in interest rates’
      • ‘For a health care system already on life support due to extreme budget cuts, the extraction of $500,000,000 dollars would be the death knell.’
      • ‘The total amount of budget cuts runs to just over £900,000.’
      • ‘Any price cuts would be implemented from April, according to the newspaper.’
      • ‘The only thing that is certain is that if the university does not expand deep budget cuts are inevitable.’
      • ‘Any job cuts are a blow but the company has got to do something, I understand that even if I'm not happy with it.’
      • ‘The company will have 4,600 employees after the cuts are implemented.’
      • ‘The law ordered striking hospital employees back to work with a 15 per cent pay cut.’
      • ‘However, staff cuts should be considered only when all else fails.’
      • ‘Protests are inevitable once proposed massive cuts in education, health care, welfare and transportation sink in.’
      • ‘Maybe some people think that cuts at the museum would be less damaging than cuts elsewhere.’
      • ‘Soaring debt - which at one stage was predicted to reach £11m - has led to a series of cuts ranging from ward closures to stopping snacks for patients.’
      • ‘When most motorists have a genuine and convenient public transport alternative for their journey, that is the time to implement car park cuts.’
      • ‘The bulk of the Government's regional funding cuts were announced last month in the mid-year economic review.’
      • ‘The cuts have been considered as part of an internal review in the face of falling student applications for some courses.’
      • ‘The company is also demanding a 10 percent across-the-board pay cut and reduction in benefits for those employees kept on.’
      • ‘Such extreme cuts along with rises in council tax could cause friction between the council and the government.’
      • ‘The most outrageous thing about the budget is to call for permanent tax cuts, which don't even show up in your five-year budget.’
      • ‘There will be more swingeing job cuts, and this is bound to have an impact on consumer confidence.’
      • ‘All three central banks in the United States, Britain and Europe announced half-point interest rate cuts.’
      • ‘The tax cuts are looking awfully effective at the moment.’
      reduction, cutback, decrease, retrenchment, lessening, curtailment
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    3. 1.3British A power cut.
      ‘fortunately the cut happened at night and power was quickly restored’
      • ‘She said the cut happened shortly after 1pm this afternoon but by 2.30 everyone had been reconnected.’
      power cut, loss of supply, interruption of supply, breakdown
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    4. 1.4 An act of cutting part of a book, play, etc.
      ‘they would not publish the book unless the author was willing to make cuts’
      • ‘After heavy cuts, the film was released by Hammer in August of 1962; it did not reach the US until July 1965, as the bottom half of a double bill.’
      • ‘Secondly, Quentin Tarantino needs a new editor - someone who can convince him to make the really hard cuts.’
      • ‘Obviously there have been cuts, in both characters and scenes, but what is important is that the very essence of the play, its most salient points, are preserved.’
      • ‘The BBC then appeared to go back to the start of the season, select those episodes that required slightly more cuts and show these in a later slot.’
      • ‘They were smart cuts from the film, but they are definitely interesting to watch today.’
      • ‘The play is a little overlong and would benefit from cuts, but each scene is interesting and changes are smoothly executed.’
      • ‘Baird, of course, takes the Berman stance and agrees with the cuts made to the film.’
      • ‘However, Solondz himself made cuts to the film that no one will ever see.’
      • ‘After the film has been edited and completed for release in India it has to go through the censor board, where they can also make cuts.’
      • ‘Since then, they have reached a compromise, wherein the director agreed to make cuts but was allowed several days of reshoots to make the flow to his satisfaction.’
      • ‘This is also down to the editing style of Walter Murch who prefers to only make cuts when absolutely necessary.’
      leaving out, exclusion, exception, non-inclusion, deletion, erasure, excision, elimination, absence
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    5. 1.5 An immediate transition from one scene to another in a film.
      ‘instead of hard cuts, we used dissolves to give it a very dreamy character’
      • ‘There aren't many cuts - often a scene will take place before us in one shot, with the camera serenely gliding from one side of a room to the other.’
      • ‘Instead of underlining the drama with music or emphatic cuts, the film takes a dry, laconic approach.’
      • ‘Also, the pacing of the scenes - when the cuts come, often late and after a period of nothing happening - is very much like a piece of anime.’
      • ‘It allows us to constantly check the scene against one character's reactions to the scene, without distracting cuts or pans.’
      • ‘There is then an abrupt cut to a graveyard where two brothers meet, after a long separation, for the burial of their father.’
      • ‘Set in an abandoned mine, the work features rapid-fire cuts and scene changes that give it a breathless, surrealistic bite.’
      • ‘Harris' use of unconventional camera angles and quick cuts invigorates these scenes.’
      • ‘Those directors shot a lot of their numbers without any cuts, and I wanted to bring that to this film.’
      • ‘Quick cuts between scenes stitch the boarding house residents' stories together, giving a sense of the whole without dwelling on any single individual.’
      • ‘The quick cuts make the film seem more episodic than it need be, with each ‘episode’ focusing on one or two vengeful acts.’
      • ‘The way this scene is done, with very few cuts, is one of the most intense scenes in cinema, as you're watching the end unfold mysteriously.’
      • ‘The editing, however, is poor: abrupt cuts between long, static shots.’
      • ‘Jewison allows the actors to set the tone through long takes rather than forcing the scene through rapid cuts.’
      • ‘Too bad also that Marshall directs Chicago like he's still working in television: all quick cuts and close-ups, no breadth.’
      • ‘Another common stylistic pattern used is that of a quick series of fast cuts of a scene, sometimes repeating parts of it.’
      • ‘In most films the cuts would not be so sudden - there would be transition shots of movement to ease the eye.’
      • ‘Most scenes are shot as one continuous take, with cuts taking place only where changes in location necessitate them.’
      • ‘In the earlier film, a cut or a fade to black made minutes or even hours disappear.’
      • ‘It can be a beautiful shot that works for the entire scene without any additional cuts if necessary.’
    6. 1.6Golf The halfway point of a golf tournament, where half of the players are eliminated.
      • ‘He had survived the halfway cut with nothing to spare at level par.’
      • ‘Since making several radical changes to clubs and his mental preparation, he has barely missed a tournament cut.’
      • ‘He didn't have a top 30 finish in any of the four last season and he missed the halfway cut at the Masters last month.’
      • ‘And the good thing is the tournament is a seventy-two hole event with no cut!’
      • ‘Although none of them feature on the leaderboard, it was a productive day for eight of the nine Scots who made the halfway cut.’
    7. 1.7Cricket Tennis A stroke made with an abrupt, typically horizontal or downward action.
      ‘Kellett was denied a century by edging a cut to wicketkeeper Burns’
      • ‘He is strong off the back, utilising hooks and cuts to great effect.’
      • ‘They adapted to the variable bounce, and then launched into the bowlers in a flurry of cuts, sweeps, drives and lofts over the infield.’
      • ‘Martin seemed in more trouble when he dropped short and Gilchrist aimed a cut.’
      • ‘Gayle, usually the flamboyant strokemaker, played a subdued innings with only rare sightings of his trademark drives and cuts.’
      • ‘He played some elegant straight bat drives, and he also played some beautiful horizontal bat cuts.’
  • 2A long, narrow incision in the skin made by something sharp.

    ‘blood ran from a cut on his jaw’
    • ‘One woman went to the hospital with facial cuts and a broken nose.’
    • ‘First, the doctor will clean the skin around the cut so it won't get infected.’
    • ‘My hands are scattered with various scratches, grazes and cuts, the worst of them on my middle finger, which looks as if it's been attacked with a hammer.’
    • ‘I had a first aid kit in my pack, so I cleaned the cut with antiseptic and put a band-aid on it.’
    • ‘Gently clean the skin where it has cuts and rashes.’
    • ‘Vitamin B9 assists the body in forming red blood cells, and vitamin C promotes healthy skin and allows our cuts and scrapes to heal quickly.’
    • ‘Shaving cream creates a lubricated environment for the razor, preventing cuts and leaving skin silky smooth.’
    • ‘In her terror, the woman instinctively put her hand up to protect her neck and suffered a cut from the blade.’
    • ‘She covered her face with her arms as she slid on the pavement, causing several cuts to appear on her arms, legs, and stomach.’
    • ‘One suffered cuts and bruises after jumping from a first-floor bedroom.’
    • ‘The injuries ranged from cuts and bruises to lacerations needing stitches, broken arms and back injuries.’
    • ‘A few were bleeding from the nose or had facial cuts.’
    • ‘They got her into the cabin and Mr Adams, trained in first aid, cleaned her cuts and abrasions with alcohol.’
    • ‘Her once flawless skin was covered with cuts and bruises.’
    • ‘He smiles at her and she smiles back then continues to clean the cut on his shoulder.’
    • ‘Nick arrived late, looking worse than ever, with strange cuts all over his arms.’
    • ‘He sustained minor injuries of slight cuts and scratches to his head.’
    • ‘Scars on the skin appear when a cut or other injury is healing.’
    • ‘With his cuts cleaned, and a bit of plaster, he looked like an innocent ten year old, who'd fallen off his bicycle.’
    • ‘Gingerly, I touched the red cut on his forehead, and he flinched.’
    gash, slash, laceration, incision, slit, wound, injury
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    1. 2.1 A long, narrow opening or incision made in a surface or piece of material.
      ‘make a single cut along the top of each potato’
      • ‘This causes the dough to expand rapidly, the cuts on top opening to give the leaf-shaped scars typical of these loaves.’
      • ‘While a person is feeling the tread, the entire tire should also be inspected for such safety-related damage as cuts, cracks, blisters, or bulges.’
      • ‘Rub the pork rind with olive oil, thyme and sea salt, smearing it into the scored cuts, and place the pork on a rack in the roasting tray.’
      • ‘Score the surface with shallow cuts to makes six or eight wedges each.’
      • ‘Also, if cuts are present in the tyre wall, the tyre can be weakened, making it dangerous.’
      • ‘Also, it is extremely important to ensure the rotating band is secure on the projectile and that there are no cuts, dents, or excessive rust on the band.’
      • ‘Check tyres for damage, looking out for any cuts, cracks or bulges, as these can lead to slow punctures and blowouts.’
    2. 2.2 A piece of meat cut from a carcass.
      ‘a good lean cut of beef’
      • ‘And I love slow-stewed and braised dishes made from the less lovely cuts of meat.’
      • ‘Fatty cuts of meat and processed meats are among meats high in saturated fat.’
      • ‘It's better to stick to lean cuts of red meat, white meat or fish.’
      • ‘Halfway through a king size cut of steak she seemed to make progress toward sobriety.’
      • ‘For example, add lean cuts of red meat or dark poultry to your meals on a regular basis.’
      • ‘If you've got the time, foods such as eggs, poultry, fish, and lean cuts of red meat are excellent sources of complete protein.’
      • ‘If you can't get hold of veal, use stewing cuts of beef instead.’
      • ‘Do you like aged prime cuts of beef that are exceptionally well prepared?’
      • ‘Look for lean cuts of these meats with minimal visible fat.’
      • ‘Before my eyes I was shocked to see that whichever child screamed and cried the loudest was rewarded with the choice cuts from a smiling dad.’
      • ‘There is even a full-time butcher, preparing the cuts of meat from carcass.’
      • ‘For beef, good casserole cuts are shin, brisket, neck, topside, thick flank or shoulder.’
      • ‘If you're concerned about the amount of fat you take in, choose leaner cuts, cook the meat longer and concentrate more on chicken and turkey.’
      • ‘And I did appreciate that you started letting in boneless cuts of beef.’
      • ‘The options for main courses were dominated in my mind by the open fridge piled high with succulent cuts of red meat.’
      • ‘Filco will now be selling prime cuts and a full range of roasting cuts, as well as looking at Celtic Pride added-value products like sausages and burgers.’
      • ‘Less tender cuts - stew meat, riblets and shanks - are tenderized by cooking with moist heat, such as braising and stewing.’
      • ‘Larger cuts of meat may be placed in raw marinades for an extended period of time but are typically left in the marinades for several hours or overnight.’
      • ‘Choosing lean cuts of meat and trimming off the visible fat are easy ways to avoid this problem.’
      • ‘As the types of meat were as likely to be lower quality animals, methods were needed to help tenderize the tougher cuts of meat.’
      joint, piece, section, bit
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    3. 2.3informal in singular A share of the profits from something.
      ‘the directors are demanding their cut’
      • ‘Did I mention that I am not only a middleman, but I am taking a cut for doing absolutely nothing.’
      • ‘He wants me to sell his designs and, in turn, I'll get a cut of the profits, as well as a basic minimum wage.’
      • ‘We could all do with a few quid, so if we do get any money, my cut will come my way.’
      • ‘Muley says the owners are not making money and need the tenants' cut of the profits.’
      • ‘I just wonder if Stewart was serious about plans for his cut of the race purse.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, back in reality, I deserve a cut of the firm's profits for the forthcoming financial year.’
      • ‘Each site that sells a track or an album will receive a cut of the profits from the transaction.’
      • ‘He wants Jenny to babysit the fugitives in return for a cut of the book's proceeds.’
      • ‘We get a cut on any books that you buy, of course.’
      • ‘He controlled the cops and didn't mind violating the 18th Amendment as long as he got his cut.’
      • ‘Lastly, please remember to allocate me a cut of the profits when you claim the Nobel Prize for Literature.’
      • ‘When Kev and Mike come bearing gifts, they want to flog them down their local, promising the barmaid a cut of the profits.’
      • ‘Every time Maxwell closed a deal he got a cut, and this book traces the money trail better than any previous efforts.’
      • ‘She has made a deal to let two greasy thugs grow pot on their farmland in exchange for a cut of the profits.’
      • ‘Work the angle, play your part in the con, get your cut and then get out.’
      • ‘More likely they'd drive me to the recycling center to cash in my cans, and then demand a cut of the profit.’
      • ‘Yet there is a good chance that if you go to a concert this year, Aiken will be getting a cut of the profits.’
      • ‘I am just waiting for my cut, I do have a family at home to feed.’
      • ‘I will agree that it is good business practice to give employees a cut of profits.’
      • ‘The stars also get a cut of the profits from the show being re-sold and from the sale of videos and DVDs.’
      share, portion, bit, quota, percentage
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    4. 2.4 A recording of a piece of music.
      ‘a cut from his forthcoming album’
      • ‘On the instrumental cuts, he seems less aggressive and almost a little less ambitious with his melodies and drum programming.’
      • ‘The album compiles all of the most important cuts from not only the three Rockville records, but includes material from Anodyne.’
      • ‘If anything, the beats seem more muscular, the cuts and plucks sharper, the overall sound more persuasive.’
      • ‘The first hour of their set was a perfect mix of singles and lesser-known cuts that flowed along extremely well.’
      • ‘Disc two is a compilation of unreleased studio tracks, live cuts and demos.’
      • ‘This fifth instalment features 18 cuts from the world of indie/dream pop.’
      • ‘Soul Jazz operates both as a label and a retail outlet, sourcing rare reggae and funk cuts and pressing them up on a series of acclaimed albums.’
      • ‘The weakest cuts on the album are the ones in which the singer imitates Sinatra most closely.’
      • ‘With a back catalogue as long as Weller's, its surprising that a collection of rare cuts, cover versions and re-mixes hasn't been seen before.’
      • ‘Jackson compiled the roughest, most thrilling cuts these bands had created on the essential Channel 1 collection.’
      • ‘As previously mentioned, there are a few excellent cuts.’
      • ‘You've mentioned that recording the band's cuts was a stop and start process.’
      • ‘This seven incher featuring four cuts taken from a radio session recorded for a Texas based radio show.’
      • ‘This being a tribute record, all the cuts don't work.’
      • ‘Ohia fans are mostly just about the hits, so a few recent album cuts make the setlist as well.’
      • ‘With a solid selection of new cuts, they released another critically acclaimed album, ‘The Photo Album’ the next year.’
      • ‘But the sad fact is, the rest of this album's cuts are lifeless husks by comparison.’
      • ‘At 18 songs, this compilation runs long, and some of the latter cuts fall flat.’
      • ‘Curiously more than a fair number of covers creep in, but eventually the band warm up to some classic cuts from their album.’
      • ‘But the rest of the album fails to match that standard, flitting between macho, testosterone-driven rock cuts and wimpy, doey-eyed ballads.’
    5. 2.5 A version of a film after editing.
      ‘the final cut’
      • ‘None of these scenes and extensions would have added anything weighty to the final cut of the film.’
      • ‘In television cuts of the film, there are tons of alternate takes and extended gags.’
      • ‘Next up is a batch of sixteen deleted scenes from the original cut of the film.’
      • ‘Most of these are just scene extensions that were justifiably trimmed from the final cut of the film.’
      • ‘I am surprised to report that a few of these scenes may have actually added something to the final cut of the film.’
      • ‘The most striking of these is an interactive method of comparing the final cut of the film with what I take to be the shooting script.’
      • ‘I think it would have been a better choice to keep this scene in the final cut of the film.’
      • ‘Nothing they did during filming was deemed too over the top for the final cut.’
      • ‘I didn't like ' Aliens' until I saw the director's cut.’
      • ‘Any element of fright that may have been in the screenplay is long gone in the final cut of the film.’
      • ‘Then when it comes time for the final cut, each scene can be taken and placed into the complete film.’
      • ‘The director's cut of the film, on the other hand, leaves little room for laughter.’
      • ‘All were rightly left out of the new cut of the film, but it's cool they're included here.’
      • ‘The resulting film was so unsettling that it took half a century for the original cut of the film to be shown.’
      • ‘All parties seem to have something to contribute, and each seem pleased with the final cut of the film.’
      • ‘Get the extended director's cut with original German dialogue, if you can.’
      • ‘If you have never seen the actual cut of this film, I encourage you to do so.’
      • ‘Disc two contains not only the theatrical cut of the film but also all of the other extra features.’
      • ‘Overseas cuts of the film ran some ten minutes longer.’
      • ‘And all that's left is an early director's cut of a promising movie that desperately needs editing.’
    6. 2.6 A passage cut or dug out, as a railway cutting or a new channel made for a river or other waterway.
      ‘the cut connected with the Harborough arm of the canal’
      • ‘I had assumed that the Broads would be broad - so was unprepared for far too many of the cuts, dykes and rivers having the dimensions and floorplan of supermarket aisles.’
      • ‘The aqueduct begins at Chadwell Spring, near Ware in Hertfordshire, and is soon joined by a cut from the River Lea.’
      • ‘Operations in the 1940s consisted of a large open pit with smaller cuts and several tunnels.’
      • ‘Towards the harbour, fenestration is contained in two strips of deeply-set, horizontal cuts.’
  • 3A wounding remark or act.

    ‘his unkindest cut at Elizabeth was to call her heartless’
    • ‘It is true to say that Palace conspired in their own downfall, but it was nevertheless a cruel cut for their coach after he had briefly picked up the scent of his side's first win since their return to the top flight.’
    • ‘Sarah was his friend and being unable to help her was the most cruel cut of all.’
    insult, slight, affront, slap in the face, jibe, barb, cutting remark, shaft
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  • 4in singular The way or style in which something, especially a garment or someone's hair, is cut.

    ‘the elegant cut of his dinner jacket’
    • ‘She wore her brown hair in the choppy cut of a lead singer from a local rock band.’
    • ‘The magistrate was a woman in her early to mid forties with completely gray hair which was styled in a cut just below her ears with a bit of a wave.’
    • ‘The cut and styling are very nice but it's the fabrics they use that I love.’
    • ‘She wore her hair in a pixie cut with bright blonde streaks through the natural brown.’
    • ‘All I see is his broad back encased in an expensive black suit, and the elegant cut of his dark hair.’
    • ‘He looks at the build of the ship, the cut of its sails, the dusky color of crew's skin.’
    • ‘Louise designs the cut and style and Rita weaves her hue magic to create movement and pizazz.’
    • ‘As for the cut, I tapered the hair on the back and sides, gradually creating fullness toward the top.’
    • ‘We'll darken your skin with some herbs we have, and we'll change the cut of your hair.’
    • ‘Soon the man who had run off came back with a large muscular man with short hair in a military cut and a dark tanned skin.’
    • ‘The cut is still manly but they're a trimmer fit than a lot of other overalls.’
    • ‘In a nutshell, you have to look at the fabric, the cut and finally, examine some of the finishing details.’
    • ‘The secret to fab hair is in the cut, not the containers of setting gunk!’
    • ‘There's nothing wrong with pants and a jacket, just be sure they are the right ones with a modern cut and pizzazz!’
    • ‘The deep red color looked beautiful on her and the cut flattered her perfect figure.’
    • ‘I'm back to the skater cut, because girls tell me my hair is so nice, so I grew it out.’
    • ‘She stood there, in the middle of the crowd, in her black evening gown that had this elegant cut and style to it.’
    • ‘That way you can grow accustomed to the new style or cut and you'll be able to get a better idea of whether the style suits you or not.’
    • ‘You might recognize the vintage look in this jacket, thanks to the style, cut and fabric.’
    • ‘She had angled blonde hair in a similar cut to mine, but hers had sharper angles.’
    style, design
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  • be cut out for (or to be)

    • informal usually with negativeHave exactly the right qualities for a particular role or job.

      ‘I'm just not cut out to be a policeman’
      • ‘I think that insofar as I am a poet, I was cut out to be a poet who needed a lot of time to get started.’
      • ‘Here was proof that blackmail was not something I was cut out for.’
      • ‘Second, I believe we must all find our own path to service. Not everyone is cut out for military service, nor should everyone try.’
      • ‘Not everybody is cut out for it; if you are and there is a need in your precinct, or any precinct, consider volunteering now; that'll be one less problem party workers will have to worry about.’
      • ‘The young heir feels that he is cut out for greatness and starts to search for a life ‘something more than long’.’
      • ‘Perhaps he has discovered that he is cut out to be a soldier after all.’
      • ‘Whatever its benefits, not everybody is cut out for it.’
      • ‘But not everyone is cut out for that - I certainly am not.’
      • ‘I don't think I was cut out for a long career as a lecturer.’
      • ‘There were moments during the first few days of Leta's life when I really didn't think I was cut out for this whole thing.’
      be suited, be suitable, be right, be designed, be equipped
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  • a cut above

    • informal Noticeably superior to.

      ‘she's a cut above the rest’
      • ‘What makes him a cut above the rest is his amazing simplicity.’
      • ‘Each player, made to think he is valuable, bought for a large sum of money, will think himself a cut above the rest.’
      • ‘England and France, maybe even Wales, are a cut above that.’
      • ‘Fred believes his outfit is a cut above the rest because it is modelled on the uniform worn by a Great Western Railway station master in the 1850s.’
      • ‘They were dominant literally throughout the field and on the day genuinely looked a cut above all others in the county right now.’
      • ‘Bradford Council believes it is a cut above the rest when it comes to keeping the district tidy as the Government today slated councils for not doing enough.’
      • ‘This test is a cut above most of the silly self-evaluation tests one finds on the Web.’
      • ‘Against all the evidence, the English still believe themselves a superior race, a cut above the rest of us.’
      • ‘But this particular showhouse was a cut above the rest because it also had a credible message - that of universal design.’
      • ‘Contractual issues delayed the re-opening but all of that is just a bad memory as the shop has proved that its not only back in business it's also a cut above the rest.’
      superior to, much better than
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  • cut and dried

    • often with negative(of a situation) completely settled.

      ‘the championship is not as cut and dried as everyone thinks’
      • ‘Of course the real causes of the Civil War are much more complex and the real attitudes of the two regions towards slavery and equality aren't as cut and dried as people would like to believe.’
      • ‘Firstly, it is a new day, the IPCC is a reality today, but I am not sure where opinions are being formed; please accept from us that we have received no firm, cut and dried, clearcut proposals in respect of any change.’
      • ‘That uncertainty was understandable given previous occasions when they have thrown it away, but while it was far from cut and dried, there was a certain resilience in this display that gradually chipped away at the chances of a repeat.’
      • ‘But in practice the issue isn't so cut and dried, because while lawyers have a duty to the court, it's not their job to convict their client.’
      • ‘We are up at Workington next which is going to be a real tough game so it's definitely not cut and dried at the moment.’
      • ‘The second movement was a triumph, cut and dried.’
      • ‘The process has been entirely legitimate and there is nothing certainly cut and dried about the application.’
      • ‘The committee is satisfied that the matter is not cut and dried, and that meaningful consultation is taking place.’
      • ‘He went on say that where bonus schemes were cut and dried and that was not fair, the situation should be looked at, and that drew more scattered applause.’
      • ‘I think it's cut and dried already that they are going to close the place.’
      definite, decided, settled, explicit, specific, precise, unambiguous, clear-cut, unequivocal, black and white, hard and fast
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  • cut and run

    • informal Make a speedy departure from a difficult situation rather than deal with it.

      ‘he laughed off suggestions he is ready to cut and run from struggling United’
      • ‘I was ready to cut and run when the tapping on my car window told me it was already too late… he was there.’
      • ‘My instinct is to cut and run (actually read my contract of employment this lunchtime to see where I stand) but also feel a certain responsiblity to the company and the job.’
      • ‘But rather than cut and run, what we really need to do is to stay put and reach out.’
      • ‘Most people cut and run whenever somebody's accused.’
      • ‘Claire's lip wobbles but she doesn't seem ready to cut and run.’
      • ‘I think if we pull, cut and run today, it's going to be chaos and a civil war.’
      • ‘Senator, you said it was a mistake, not your mistake, but you called it a mistake and also said you wouldn't cut and run.’
      • ‘And we're not going to cut and run if I'm in the Oval Office.’
      • ‘Setting an artificial deadline to withdraw would send a signal to our enemies - that if they wait long enough, America will cut and run and abandon its friends.’
      • ‘Underneath the cowboy lingo, the man is light in substance, weak on strategy and quite willing to cut and run from principled position if he feels a chill wind from politics.’
      flee, run, run away, run off, make a run for it, run for it, take flight, be gone, make off, take off, take to one's heels, make a break for it, bolt, beat a retreat, beat a hasty retreat, make a quick exit, make one's getaway, escape, absent oneself, make oneself scarce, abscond, head for the hills, do a disappearing act
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  • cut and thrust

    • 1A lively and competitive atmosphere or environment.

      ‘the cut and thrust of political debate’
      • ‘Although he enjoyed the cut and thrust of political life he never carried a grudge and was the first to invite the opposition for a drink after a council meeting.’
      • ‘Mr Thomas, I don't want to draw you into the cut and thrust of the political arena, but do you agree with Government's position that these bills will contribute to the fight against the spiralling crime rate?’
      • ‘It's a different matter being able to cope with the cut and thrust of lively House of Commons debate and Prime Minister's Questions - situations in which he has shown little credibility.’
      • ‘With the above scoreline there for all to see it is hard to pick out those isolated incidents when the visitors displayed the skills required to survive and thrive in the cut and thrust of this competitive league.’
      • ‘Tullamore are always a tough prospect in this section but home advantage should be availed of as a draw is two points dropped, but Portlaoise can only improve as they get used to the cut and thrust of competition.’
      • ‘I love the fast moving aspect of the marketing business and the competitive cut and thrust of winning new accounts.’
      • ‘Europe's top 30 windsurfers will be among those competing in the final round of the sport's Triple Crown, but there's more to this event than the cut and thrust of competition.’
      • ‘I realised maybe I had lost some of my pizzazz for the cut and thrust of the chamber of the House of Commons.’
      • ‘Nowadays, describing oneself as being ‘hurt’ sends the wrong message - of a hands-off preciousness and of not being able to take the cut and thrust of public debate.’
      • ‘Either McInnes is in for the long haul or he is hopelessly optimistic to believe he can indulge in the cut and thrust of French banter by the time the season ends.’
      1. 1.1A situation or sphere of activity regarded as carried out under adversarial conditions.
        ‘the ruthless cut and thrust of the business world’
        • ‘The confidence and flamboyance of these solo works seems well fitted to the dynamic cut and thrust of theatre on the Fringe.’
        • ‘As for Giant's Causeway, can you think of a better European candidate for the cut and thrust of the Breeder's Cup?’
        • ‘Indeed, the cut and thrust of armed combat arrives surprisingly late in the day, as Weir focuses on building up the tension while fleshing out key characters.’
        • ‘It would, however, leave more options open for the students and allow them time after the cut and thrust of the exams to take more advantage of their points.’
        • ‘Congress isn't exposed to that cut and thrust of the market - it's getting its millions, it seems, whether or not it proves to be a performer.’
        • ‘Ah yes, winning, something of which Woosnam has done his share in Ryder Cup play, although not, strangely for one so suited to the cut and thrust of head-to-head combat, in any of his eight singles matches.’
        • ‘He loves the cut and thrust, the passion and the no-holds-barred aspect to the contest but he knows that what happens on the pitch often boils over into the stands and onto the streets.’
        • ‘It is also true that in the past the Fine Gaelers were never entirely comfortable with the cut and thrust of business.’
        • ‘And at least the brief excursion from the rigours of the Conference gives the stricken hoards a chance to regain some of their strength for the cut and thrust of the league.’
        • ‘These qualities are clearly vital when it comes to the cut and thrust of a life-threatening situation.’
        repartee, raillery, ripostes, sallies, swordplay, quips, wisecracks, crosstalk, wordplay
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  • cut both ways

    • 1(of a point or statement) serve both sides of an argument.

      ‘such a tax is often claimed to encourage saving but the argument can cut both ways’
      • ‘That message cuts both ways, and both sides could use a lot more outspoken opposition to the brutal actions done by their own.’
      • ‘He complains that the Left only opposes murderous regimes that are backed by the West - but that argument, aside from being untrue, cuts both ways.’
      • ‘This cuts both ways: new arguments are never by themselves decisive; but, equally, old presumptions can always be challenged.’
      • ‘The rhetoric of there not being a partner for peace on the Palestinian side cuts both ways.’
      • ‘The argument that they are a token presence cuts both ways.’
      • ‘But this kind of argument can be made to cut both ways.’
      • ‘The argument cuts both ways - but not according to the RIAA?’
      • ‘The De Kikvorsch case shows that arguments about beer cut both ways.’
      • ‘Interestingly, the preferred arguments of both sides can cut both ways.’
      • ‘That's not what I'm saying at all because it cut both ways to both sides of the debate.’
      1. 1.1(of an action or process) have both good and bad effects.
        ‘the triumphs of civilization cut both ways’
        • ‘Ministerial responsibility cuts both ways - a Minister can stand around and take credit and accept kudos for the good things that happen on their watch - ideally as a result of their own decisions and actions.’
        • ‘And he notes that concern about globalization cuts both ways.’
        • ‘But, you know, the behavior cuts both ways here.’
        • ‘But as recent American sanctions on imported steel from Brazil and Asia indicate, the process does not cut both ways.’
        • ‘It was only 35 years ago that women were tossed out of the workforce when they got married - this sort of discrimination cuts both ways for women.’
        • ‘It is important to emphasize that this suggestion that the quality of the political decision-making process may help the Court's judgement cuts both ways.’
        • ‘The religion of the transfiguring event cuts both ways.’
        • ‘Powerful women are sexy, and this cuts both ways.’
        • ‘The fact that he is an unelected official who cannot speak up publicly for himself cuts both ways; it also means that he cannot be voted out, whereas the prime minister can.’
        • ‘But realize that openness cuts both ways: if you blog about them, the chances are pretty good they are going to read it.’
  • cut the corner

    • Take the shortest course by going across and not around a corner.

      • ‘I cut the corner and skirt ahead for good camera angles, in and out of a small cave then deeper, round the south end of the reef.’
      • ‘Engineers and boffins have been trying to negotiate traffic flow at intersections for a hundred years - traffic lights, give way signs, those metal axle breakers that stop you from cutting the corner if you see it in time.’
      • ‘‘People are cutting the corner to avoid the cars parked right up to it,’ he said.’
      • ‘A car coming out of Byron Road would not be able to see what is coming the other way because of the huge tree there, and cars coming in the opposite direction tend to cut the corner because there are no road markings.’
      • ‘They were going south and they just cut the corner slightly, hitting a lorry.’
      • ‘Have you noticed that the back wheels of all vehicles (except railway trains) tend to want to cut the corner as they follow the front wheels around the curve?’
      • ‘In each case the motorist was cutting the corner in an attempt to get to Gatton Point in front of those using Battle Bridge Lane.’
      • ‘The built-out kerb encourages downhill vehicles towards the middle of the road, and sooner or later that will coincide with a vehicle in the opposite direction cutting the corner.’
      • ‘This requires a long tee shot but big hitters are able to cut the corner.’
      • ‘This plan involved leaving the safety of the river, but cutting the corner would be quicker.’
  • cut corners

    • Do something perfunctorily so as to save time or money.

      ‘there is always a temptation to cut corners when time is short’
      • ‘But what they should be embarrassed about is how they continue to try to cut corners and skimp to save money.’
      • ‘And, after all, you may only be able to make that one trip of a lifetime so don't cut corners by trying to save on the essentials.’
      • ‘If you try to save money up-front by cutting corners, it can end up costing you much more in the end.’
      • ‘People cut corners to save costs or because they feel immortal, or, because to some extent, being a reasonably young society, we take risks.’
      • ‘They are only interested in cutting corners and making money.’
      • ‘His staff complains that he is cutting corners to save money by putting ordinary cream cheese in the tiramisu (an Italian dessert).’
      • ‘Certainly it's better than earlier incarnations, relying on its Japanese origins and incorporating an anime style, but like most kid's cartoons, it constantly reuses footage and cuts corners to save on expenses.’
      • ‘With no real checks on our work, the temptation was to cut corners, and this happened regularly.’
      • ‘The bondbreaker is not the place to cut corners or save dollars.’
      • ‘Is the employee rewarded for finding ways to save money by cutting corners?’
      skimp, economize
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  • cut the crap

    • vulgar slang often in imperativeGet to the point; state the real situation.

  • cut a dash

    • Be stylish or impressive in one's dress or behaviour.

      ‘the foreign secretary wanted to cut a dash in Brussels’
      • ‘In the circumstances, Sutton could be excused for not cutting a dash.’
      • ‘The clean lines and big 17-inch alloy wheels can certainly cut a dash in the company car park, before heading home for the weekend to hitch up the horsebox to go off into the wild green yonder.’
      • ‘Not only does the costumed pink sensation cut a dash around the diamond, it changes its name every year.’
      • ‘But, if I'm honest, men under 50 don't cut a dash in them.’
      • ‘I had no thermals, but cut a dash with pyjama bottoms under my jeans and a borrowed Cossack hat.’
      • ‘For the one-time model and Colchester beauty queen, providing a good haircut is every bit as rewarding as cutting a dash on the beauty podium.’
      • ‘Apart from cutting a dash with the kind of high-tech gear that keeps you looking cool while ensuring your body remains toasty, a few little extras will make you stand out from the crowd.’
      • ‘Ski fashion presents a unique challenge to even the smartest among us, but bear in mind that no one can really cut a dash in a bobble hat and two-tone anorak.’
      • ‘Maybe we really are on the verge of a renaissance, a footballing efflorescence that will see scores of talented Scottish players wooing back fans and cutting a dash on the world stage.’
      • ‘Meeting at Oxford (they all took Firsts), they began to explore their political and personal ‘hinterlands’, cutting a dash in Union debates, arguing over Labour's soul, and soaking up a wider culture.’
  • cut someone dead

    • Completely ignore someone.

      ‘where he used to cut them dead, he now helps them on with their coats’
      • ‘At their first meeting, however, the mayor cut her dead.’
      • ‘Would she forget people's names, cut them dead when they try to speak, tell them off in public?’
      • ‘She immediately cut me dead and addressed her next remark exclusively to Don.’
      • ‘For the rest of his long life people at scientific conferences would turn away from him, refuse his hand, cut him dead.’
      • ‘A number of his female stars complained that once the cameras stopped rolling he seemed to cut them dead, so much so that they were mystified when he subsequently offered them another film role.’
      • ‘You think you can get away with cutting me dead in Bar Snug and making it obvious I'm used goods?’
      • ‘But, let's be honest, when someone cuts you dead for no good reason and then they up and die shortly afterwards, suddenly and without warning, your immediate response to the news is liable to be, well, shall we say, underwhelming?’
      • ‘He figures she likes him too; she cuts him dead at school, ignoring him because she doesn't remember that he confessed to liking her.’
      • ‘They assumed I was some loser and cut me dead.’
      snub, ignore, shun, give someone the cold shoulder, cold-shoulder, turn one's back on, cut dead, look right through, pretend not to see
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  • cut someone down to size

    • informal Deflate someone's exaggerated sense of self-worth.

      • ‘We have to cut you down to size, expose your tricks, purge you.’
      • ‘Boy, you certainly cut him down to size there young lady!’
      • ‘I spent most of last week composing crushing speeches that would cut him down to size but when it came to it I just wanted to talk to him, really.’
      • ‘Some people can be twisted and awful and will do anything to cut you down to size because of their own insecurities and their own issues.’
      • ‘It was down to three and the two short stack players weren't long in cutting Gary down to size as his inexperience showed as he let a massive chip lead erode away and eventually disappear all-together.’
  • cut something down to size

    • Reduce the size or power of something, for example an organization, which is regarded as having become too large or powerful.

      ‘the government clearly plans to cut councils down to size’
      • ‘The roots of France's secularism lie in the struggle against the overweening power of the Catholic church: how to cut it down to size and assert the primacy - and neutrality - of the state.’
      • ‘It isn't a moral argument but, invaluably, it cuts the new imperialism down to size.’
      • ‘The work of the Scottish parliament was always going to be a tough sell in screaming headlines, but the syllabically challenged tabloids did their best by promptly cutting this new institution down to size.’
      • ‘It may cut his network down to size; but it may also galvanize it to expand.’
      • ‘That means cutting the debt mountain down to size.’
  • cut a — figure

    • Present oneself or appear in a particular way.

      ‘David has cut a dashing figure on the international social scene’
      • ‘Petite and athletic, she cuts an attractive figure among the lads at the Fighting Cocks’
      • ‘Yet he is reasonably photogenic, cutting a dapper figure in a Western business suit.’
      • ‘The bride is beautiful in her white dress, the groom cuts a dashing figure in his tuxedo, most everybody else looks quite fancy.’
      • ‘Dressed in a spectacular brown, black and yellow Paisley patterned shirt, Mandela cut a dashing figure next to Sophie who chose a stylish powder-blue dress with low-heeled brown court shoes.’
      • ‘Even before her de-mobilisation, the Avon Lady was already cutting a nostalgic figure.’
      • ‘She speaks softly but intently, cutting a striking figure in black knee-length boots with her prominent features framed by jet black hair.’
      • ‘Tall, blond and muscular, he cut a dashing figure and was nicknamed ‘Doc’ because of his striking resemblance to the pulp magazine hero Doc Savage.’
      • ‘Aidan cut a dashing figure in his black tuxedo and emerald green cummerbund.’
      • ‘The government has not realised that it is cutting a sorry figure by ignoring its capital.’
      • ‘Does he cut a dashing figure against the grey landscape of drab suits?’
  • cut from the same cloth

    • Of the same nature; similar.

      ‘don't assume all women are cut from the same cloth’
      • ‘We are cut from the same cloth and while historically we haven't been branded as equals, that known gap between us is closing.’
      • ‘Progressive taxation is not cut from the same cloth as those forms of collective action that raise the standards of wealth and happiness for all, which is what the state tries to do by supplying certain standard public’
      • ‘Just as childhood pets teach us empathy for another's suffering, vicarious experience lets us in on one of the best-kept secrets of human existence: we are all cut from the same cloth.’
      • ‘They'll also remember him as a warrior cut from the same cloth as Ed Abbey and David Brower: a fighter who turned the tables on stronger adversaries.’
      • ‘And that's like saying all people who got out there on a rampage and murder others are cut from the same cloth and think the same.’
      • ‘The Trust Me formula is basically cut from the same cloth as Big Brother - it's a psychological test which places greater emphasis on one's cunning ability to play the system than a passion for general knowledge.’
      • ‘Not exactly cut from the same cloth as a lot of New York's house elite, he has a certain modesty and constant humility that allows the music to say everything that needs to be said.’
      • ‘These actions are all cut from the same cloth: cover-ups and secrecy to hide lies and dishonorable acts, all backed by force and disregard for the law.’
      • ‘Even when they aren't the same person, chief financial officers, thieves, and masters of the short con are cut from the same cloth: the cloth of humanity.’
      • ‘They were, in many respects, cut from the same cloth.’
      identical, similar, alike, the same, exactly the same, indistinguishable, uniform, twin, undifferentiated, homogeneous, of a piece, cut from the same cloth
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  • cut in line

    • Jump the queue.

      • ‘Because they were sweet little old ladies, neither me nor the other lady said anything to them about cutting in line.’
      • ‘Southerners are the most likely to put their elbows on the table at mealtime, but they are the least likely to cut in line and the most likely to use courtesy titles.’
      • ‘Right now, you might want to be careful about cutting in line in front of a middle-aged woman.’
      • ‘A player behind them in the points race immediately cuts in line for next year by winning any single event.’
      • ‘If the guy who cuts in line sheepishly smiles and explains that he must satisfy his pregnant wife's pastry craving, lest she kill him, you will be more likely to admire, not curse, his chutzpah.’
      • ‘A person has to think twice before cutting in line at the bank, or berating an incompetent waiter.’
      • ‘And the question is, should we set up a system which encourages people to cut in line in front of millions of others to come here?’
      • ‘Perhaps we should ask ourselves why 50 years ago the top problems in America's public schools were: talking out of turn, chewing gum, making noise, running in halls, cutting in line, dress code infractions, and littering.’
      • ‘We assume our next guest won't be cutting in line either.’
      • ‘Not only that, anyone else in their party also gets to cut in line and get great seats as well.’
  • cut it out

    • informal usually in imperativeUsed to ask someone to stop doing or saying something that is annoying or offensive.

      ‘I'm sick of that joke; cut it out, can't you?’
  • cut loose

    • 1Distance or free oneself from a person, group, or system.

      ‘he was a young teenager, already cutting loose from his family’
      • ‘Suddenly cut loose from their benefactor Suharto, the security forces are as disoriented and insecure as many of their countrymen.’
      • ‘The only way we shall break its hold on us is to be transferred to another dominion, to be cut loose from our old certainties, to be thrust under the flood and then pulled forth fresh and new-born.’
      • ‘But no other team looks poised to run away with the title, unlike last season when Hartlepool and Rushden raced clear, and the campaign before when Plymouth and Luton cut loose from the chasing pack.’
      • ‘With contemporary credit systems cut loose from both traditional inherent constraints and central bank controls, the analytical focus changes.’
      • ‘They need to be cut loose from the apron strings of their unions for their own good, for the good of their unions, and above all for the good of the workers who will follow them into the union ranks.’
      • ‘Now that I've finally cut loose from the City to pursue my own path I've got the time to reflect on what it might mean to be a progressive in 2003.’
      • ‘By the time Thanksgiving arrives one has embraced the university lifestyle and decides to cut loose from the other.’
      • ‘I feel cut loose from causality, as if there has been no start to what I am doing right now and no definite end.’
      • ‘The disturbing thing nowadays is that resistance as spectacle has cut loose from its origins in genuine civil disobedience and is becoming more symbolic than real.’
      • ‘In the attic, he sits on the floor, leaning into the blue light from his laptop and reads the first chapter out loud, a magical, surreal, poetic story, crammed with detail and cut loose from traditional boring fiction.’
      1. 1.1Begin to act without restraint.
        ‘when Mannion cut loose the home side collapsed to 127 all out’
        • ‘Carreras really cut loose in this repertoire; Heppner is more restrained, and that's valid too, albeit not as exciting.’
        • ‘Then there are those who're cutting loose and having a lot of fun.’
        • ‘But major travel, that's cutting loose, letting go of all which is familiar and severing links with those fragile concepts of self, personal history, attachments and stability.’
        • ‘You would need a pretty good excuse too justify a night in - it's first night of Orientation and you should be cutting loose.’
        • ‘Your writer had a great time, attempting to show suitable restraint at lunch but then cutting loose a bit more at dinner.’
  • cut someone/something loose (or free)

    • Free someone or something from something which holds or restricts them.

      ‘he'd cut loose the horses’
      • ‘A large raft of players were cut loose in that aftermath due to budget concerns and he has been busy beefing up the squad ever since.’
      • ‘Half of the men crept ahead, cut the horses loose, and threw snowballs to spook them toward the others.’
      • ‘Once the team gets a few miles up the trail, the ballast sled is cut loose.’
      • ‘A team of divers arrived early Tuesday morning and was able to cut the boat free.’
      • ‘When this happens, universities can be cut loose from regulation and allowed to teach what they wish and to charge students what they wish.’
      • ‘In 1978, the federal government deregulated the airline industry, cutting it loose from acres of red tape and allowing the free market to determine ticket prices, schedules and service levels.’
      • ‘Poetry is a drama in which objects are cut loose from their moorings and sent flying to make their own connections.’
      • ‘It was not until 1919 that Swindon was cut loose from Cricklade to become an independent constituency.’
      • ‘The female driver managed to get out before emergency services arrived and fire crews cut one man free.’
      • ‘Rather than recover the cable, it was cut loose and left on the bottom of the ocean for the fishermen to find a few days later.’
      • ‘Alain cut the horse loose from the reins with his sword.’
      • ‘These extraordinary photos show a humpback whale 'celebrating' after another female was cut free from stray ropes attached to old lobster pots.’
  • cut one's losses

    • Abandon an enterprise or course of action that is clearly going to be unprofitable or unsuccessful before one suffers more loss or harm.

      ‘an inner voice was urging her to cut her losses and go back to England’
      • ‘You will put 1 and 2 together, and decide to cut your losses and drop out now while the getting is good and the fall TV season is still relatively new.’
      • ‘You wonder if after 3 days you should cut your losses.’
      • ‘But as the race draws to a close the campaigns are cutting their losses in areas they think they cannot win and concentrating their resources in those where they have more chance.’
      • ‘Still, if the space station is in such bad shape - much costlier than planned, much later than planned, much smaller than planned - why shouldn't we just cut our losses and abandon it now?’
      • ‘This doesn't mean we get to go on a killing spree, but it's time we realize cutting our losses might be the wisest move.’
      • ‘As for troop withdrawal, there is a distinction between cutting your losses and delegating military power to local troops.’
      • ‘They simply cannot learn to cut their losses, abandon issues they can't win, and get on with it.’
      • ‘He may have been better off giving up and cutting his losses.’
      • ‘Now my parents have had their share of stormy weather and I know that at times they have both wanted to abandon ship, cut their losses and move on but they stuck with it as they promised each other they would do the day they married.’
      • ‘It is the perennial decision facing drivers stuck in a traffic jam: stay on the road and hope that whatever is causing the tailback clears itself, or cut your losses and take the next exit.’
  • cut the mustard

    • informal Come up to expectations; reach the required standard.

      ‘I didn't cut the mustard as a hockey player’
      • ‘Domestic ovens just don't cut the mustard (no pun intended).’
      • ‘Although she believes its cutting the mustard with fewer and fewer in a media that increasingly feels it's been fed one too many ‘historic’ lines by the party.’
      • ‘Please allow us some period of adjustment and development, and then, if we are not cutting the mustard, fine, you can dole out pelters.’
      • ‘Since the song has cut the mustard with listeners in Europe and Latin America, the sisters hope the United States will relish it, too.’
      • ‘The ten cent words you've crammed into the slightly tightened blurb, the idea being that they would make you appear genteel and smart, don't cut the mustard.’
      • ‘It seems pastel-coloured headlines about the perfect cheesecake no longer cut the mustard, and that ‘homemakers’ are better catered to by other publications.’
      • ‘Ponder for a moment the choice confronting Hopkins - the challenge which confronts every successful small town boy wondering if he can cut the mustard in the big arena.’
      • ‘The spaghetti carbonara with quail's eggs doesn't cut the mustard either, as it's missing the necessary pepper.’
      • ‘Somehow, though, this doesn't seem to cut the mustard.’
      • ‘Banks's main contenders don't cut the mustard.’
      comply with, meet, fulfil, answer, conform to
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  • cut no ice

    • informal Have no influence or effect.

      ‘your holier-than-thou attitude cuts no ice with me’
      • ‘The burden of expectation may be called as a witness, but that really cuts no ice: if a team wants to go places it has to contend and compete.’
      • ‘Reason cuts no ice; economic theory is dismissed; and contrary evidence is ignored.’
      • ‘The comment was made repeatedly how highly the existing staff were thought of but, unfortunately, this cuts no ice with the Post Office bosses who are determined to pursue the sell-off.’
      • ‘The perception among many spectators that this year's Open has been a bit flat, lacking the vitality of its modern-day equivalents, cuts no ice with the man who will not have a bad word said about his favourite event.’
      • ‘All this rubbish about human relationships cuts no ice with me.’
      • ‘My Mum loved him and his rocking chair, and he blighted several hundred of my early Saturday evenings as a child, but that cuts no ice with me!’
      • ‘It cuts no ice with the American policy planners that India has a command and control system more dependable than that of Pakistan.’
      • ‘Sheer bulk which sorts out the lifters from the shifters cuts no ice on stage.’
      • ‘Now recognition has dawned that this view cuts no ice in London or Paris.’
      • ‘But this cut no ice with the Fianna Fáil benches.’
  • cut someone off (or down) in their prime

    • Bring someone's life or career to an abrupt end while they are at the peak of their abilities.

      ‘she was too young to die: she had been cut off in her prime’
  • cut someone/something short

    • Interrupt someone or something; bring an abrupt or premature end to something said or done.

      ‘Peter cut him short rudely’
      • ‘In the end, his struggle was cut short prematurely.’
      • ‘He spent a decade in the saddle winning 123 races and piloting Brasher to victory in the 1965 Scottish Grand National before his career was cut short by a fractured skull sustained in a fall in 1966.’
      • ‘While my career was cut short, I was getting somewhere in a qualification-driven industry, by having experience instead of qualifications.’
      • ‘The boys were out in force, of course, though unfortunately our afternoon was cut short by some uncharacteristically unfavorable weather.’
      • ‘Therefore his political education was cut short at precisely the point where it should have taken an important new turn.’
      • ‘They played every game they were asked, and their contracts were cut short.’
      • ‘Meanwhile in Perth, Bridgette's long anticipated holiday with her husband was cut short as those political imperatives and the personal collided.’
      • ‘He began to tell me about whirling electrons and orthicon-tubes and other nonsense, but I cut him short with an abrupt wave.’
      • ‘My education was cut short by an unexpected interruption of life.’
      • ‘The unfortunate result is that his work was cut short.’
      break off, bring to a premature end, leave unfinished, shorten, truncate, curtail, terminate, end, stop, abort, bring to an untimely end
      interrupt, cut off, butt in on, break in on
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  • cut someone to pieces

    • 1Kill or severely injure someone.

      ‘I was nearly cut to pieces by shrapnel’
      • ‘Near this spot my friend Kaveh was cut to pieces and killed by a landmine.’
      • ‘‘If it is fair for an Afghan to shoot down a British soldier and cut him to pieces as he lies wounded on the ground’, wrote one such officer, ‘why is it not fair for a British Artilleryman to fire a shell which makes the said native sneeze?’’
      • ‘He was driving six horses and he had the reins wrapped around his hands and wrists, and he bounced off the wagon seat; he went back and forth under the wheels and they cut him to pieces.’
      • ‘Because even if they had been cut to pieces by American weaponry in the first seconds of the combat, as they were, you don't want to look like you're eager for war and bloodshed.’
      • ‘The crusaders, certain of victory, demanded an all-out attack and when it failed they were cut to pieces - it was a defeat on the scale of Hattin.’
      1. 1.1Totally defeat someone.
        ‘we were cut to pieces by Rovers’
        • ‘If you play carelessly or without respect the open lines and quick development that White gets for his pawn will cut you to pieces.’
        • ‘Do not play games with me, lovely, for my ferocious wit and cunning is sure to cut you to pieces!’
        • ‘It cuts him to pieces and I know he would love to swap places with me.’
  • cut a (or the) rug

    • informal Dance, especially in an energetic or accomplished way.

      ‘a place where a fella and a gal can cut a rug’
      • ‘If Michelle Eves asks you to dance then you'd better be ready to cut the rug with all your best moves.’
      • ‘Bernice does a good job cutting the rug, despite the terrible band.’
      • ‘To cut the rug with our kids - or our spouse while kids watch and laugh - is to send a message of love and trust no words can convey.’
      cavort, dance, jig, trip, caper, jump, leap, spring, bound, skip, hop
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  • cut one's teeth

    • Acquire initial practice or experience of a particular sphere of activity.

      ‘the brothers cut their professional teeth at Lusardi's before starting their own restaurant’
      • ‘They want people with a few years' experience who have cut their teeth in a commercial environment and received ongoing training and development from another employer.’
      • ‘This is how they cut their teeth, why they were initially hailed as the ‘saviours of rock,’ and while they will always have people leave their shows in complete and utter awe.’
      • ‘There is a generation of performers who are cutting their teeth in smaller rooms, and they will one day be on TV.’
      • ‘In the seventies and eighties, when Liverpool were last at the top of European football, many black and Asian fans from London, Birmingham and other UK cities, were just cutting their teeth as football fans.’
      • ‘Often from an executive point of view you haven't really cut your teeth until you have experienced it.’
      • ‘Still, it's very much the world he came from, cutting his teeth in the 1950s and 1960s with dance bands and orchestras, playing on various radio and TV shows.’
      • ‘The academy is part of the new recruitment success with young referees cutting their teeth at Wigginton Road and gaining confidence in local junior matches as well before being given senior league responsibilities.’
      • ‘He went to work at Thornton Baker in Glasgow, cutting his teeth on an array of large and small business accounts.’
      • ‘Rowe did much of the trimming, cutting his teeth as an editor on the film.’
      • ‘I was a young wine merchant at the time, cutting my teeth in St James's with the Queen's vintners.’
  • cut a tooth

    • (of a baby) have a tooth appear through the gum.

      ‘a feast to celebrate a son cutting his first tooth’
      • ‘In further breaking news, he cut a tooth last night.’
      • ‘When he was about to cut a tooth, he would be more inclined to bite.’
      • ‘The only way that you can be sure that a child is ready to process food is if they have cut a tooth.’
      • ‘It never even crossed my mind, because he's only about 11 weeks, and I didn't cut a tooth until I was nine months old.’
      • ‘For one baby cutting a tooth might happen painlessly overnight, while another child might have to go through a more drawn out and painful experience.’
      • ‘Its common for little ones to start to cut a tooth and then it recedes back into the gums so its hard to say when its going to come through.’
      • ‘Let us tell you by e-mail about daily events, like about the first time they crawl, cut a tooth, or pee on the doctor's face during a check up.’
      • ‘The last two nights have been worse, because he's cutting a tooth or two and has developed a cold.’
      • ‘If your baby has cut a tooth, or more than one tooth, you will need to begin cleaning that as well.’
      • ‘Some babies become very fussy and irritable while others have no problems at all; you may not even know your baby has cut a tooth until she flashes you a toothy grin.’
  • cut to the chase

    • informal Come to the point.

      ‘cut to the chase—what is it you want us to do?’
      • ‘Slightly disappointed in my unwitting deception, he cut to the chase.’
      • ‘I'll cut to the chase here: Finally, I reach a gent who figures out the problem.’
      • ‘Whenever somebody argues with you, always cut to the chase.’
      • ‘I've suggested that we just cut to the chase here - a little sprinkle of water on her forehead, a couple bars hummed, turn out the lights, put her down, then pick her up.’
      • ‘In a way, I feel like this is cutting to the chase by recording the sounds the world is making in the first place.’
      • ‘King cut to the chase: ‘Would he be inclined to watch this program?’’
      • ‘At some point I just decided to cut to the chase, stop dithering, and do what it seemed like I was forcing myself to do: have the sanctioned cigarette.’
      • ‘But ultimately, the case - to cut to the chase - was dismissed, a summary judgment by a California judge.’
      • ‘I'll go back and read that material later but, first time through, I cut to the chase and I'll bet I'm not the only one.’
      • ‘Let's get past the who-knows-what show and cut to the chase.’
  • cut up rough

    • informal Behave in an aggressive, quarrelsome, or awkward way.

      ‘he can cut up rough and turn a bit nasty if he's got a mind to’
      • ‘‘Just keep the coffee coming, sweetie, that's all I ask,’ he intones as if he had that moment stepped from the rehearsal stage to cut up rough on some daft young theatrical type.’
      • ‘Scottish Opera bosses are cutting up rough over that leak about the chorus jobs.’
      • ‘When the tendentious woman cut up rough in rehearsal he sacked her for ‘unprofessional actions’, ignoring clemency appeals from his artistic director.’
      • ‘They're threatening to cut up rough in the debate next week.’
      • ‘The Lib Dems were cutting up rough over Airborne.’
      • ‘Discussion of all of the above ‘in times of peace’ just makes her ‘slam the door on me’ and cut up rough again and accuse me of not loving her anymore and further sulking ensues etc.’
      • ‘This army also served the secondary purpose of being a good arguing point should Germany decide to cut up rough with me.’
      • ‘I suppose (but I'm only guessing) that they would take hold of Bonny just in case she might cut up rough with the strange foal.’
      • ‘So I've never met the woman personally, but according to my pal she's a bit of a Scary Mary Starey type, and thus possibly liable to cut up rough if approached in any way whatsoever.’
  • cut up well

    • archaic Bequeath a large fortune.

      ‘the old banker died and cut up prodigiously well’
  • cut your coat according to your cloth

    • proverb Undertake only what you have the money or ability to do and no more.

      • ‘But we have to cut our coat according to our cloth.’
      • ‘We had better hold a cabinet council and decide how much we can afford to spend in housekeeping and other departments, and cut our coat according to our cloth.’
      • ‘I had, due to the expense involved, to cut my coat according to my cloth and use from time to time what parts I could.’
      • ‘I'd love to spend a lot on good clothing but then I have to cut my coat according to my cloth.’
      • ‘‘We cut our coat according to our cloth,’ she says.’
      • ‘Nigeria will never make any economic progress if we do not discipline ourselves so as to always cut our coat according to our cloth.’
      • ‘We need to cut our coat according to our cloth, not sell our souls to be at the mercy of organizations, for a few days of materialistic transient comforts.’
      • ‘Which is no bad thing provided we draw the appropriate conclusions, the foremost being that we must cut our coat according to our cloth.’
      • ‘In terms of the other two options, we have to cut our coat according to our cloth.’
      • ‘We have to cut our coat according to our cloth, we have to do the best we can with what we have got.’
  • make the cut

    • usually with negativeEqual or better a required score, thus avoiding elimination from the last two rounds of a four-round tournament.

      ‘she shot rounds of 86 and 86 and failed to make the cut’
      • ‘‘And the next day I went out and played the second round and almost made the cut,’ he grins.’
      • ‘The event's star attraction world number one Tiger Woods also made the cut, with a two round total of 143.’
      • ‘He made the cut in his first six tournaments, finishing among the top 20 in three of them.’
      • ‘He finished with a fat five-over-par 77 that left him needing a decent second round just to make the cut.’
      • ‘The Scotland World Cup player has now made the cut in his past 18 tournaments and is beginning to attain the air of a serious contender at every event in which he plays.’
  • miss the cut

    • Fail to equal or better a required score, thus being eliminated from the last two rounds of a four-round tournament.

      ‘bad driving made him miss the cut by nine strokes’
      • ‘The following year, in his second last tournament as an amateur, he missed the cut after rounds of 81 and 75.’
      • ‘She missed the cut at the Colonial tournament in the US, but used the attendant media hype to further publicise the women's game.’
      • ‘Yesterday, he drove away from the scene of his triumph having missed the cut on ten over par.’
      • ‘She hits her first three tee shots out of bounds, lips out half her par putts, and shoots 82 for her first round, then backs that up with a 75 and misses the cut by a baker's dozen.’
      • ‘Since then, he has regularly missed the cut, including at the Masters and at the US PGA Championship.’
      • ‘Although she faltered in her second round with a four-over 74, missing the cut, her PGA debut was very respectable especially considering the intense circumstances.’
      • ‘I had played only two tournaments on U.S. soil and missed the cut in both, which of course didn't get me much attention.’
      • ‘Yesterday, however, he struggled to keep his game together and finished with a 78, seven over par, and narrowly missed the cut.’
      • ‘The bald facts are that, armed with perhaps the most substantial physical advantage in the history of sports, the 38-year-old Englishwoman contrived to miss the cut after rounds of 74 and 75.’
      • ‘What's a PGA Tour pro to do when he misses the cut and gets the weekend off?’

Phrasal Verbs

  • cut in

    • 1Interrupt someone while they are speaking.

      ‘‘It's urgent,’ Raoul cut in’
      • ‘‘Sally,’ said John cutting in on the conversation.’
      • ‘Alison opened her mouth to begin explaining, but Lily cut in.’
      • ‘The other woman began to protest, but the girl cut in.’
      • ‘‘I would really like you to come,’ Frankie cut in, taking his turn to interrupt me.’
      • ‘I began reading off of the script, before she cut in.’
      interrupt, butt in, break in, interject, interpose, chime in
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    • 2Pull in too closely in front of another vehicle after having overtaken it.

      ‘she cut in on a station wagon, forcing the driver to brake’
      • ‘Half-listening, I braked as a decidedly more upmarket vehicle cut in front of the van, giving the driver the finger as he peeled off into the surge of traffic up ahead.’
      • ‘If anyone cuts in front of you, the car slows to the pre-set safe distance then speeds up again once the vehicle moves out of the way.’
      • ‘Imagine cruising along at 200 km/h plus when a vehicle travelling at 160 cuts in front of you.’
      • ‘They became upset when the two military policemen who were riding a motorcycle ignored all the vehicles lined up for gas and cut in front of their car.’
      • ‘A couple told a court how he honked his horn and shook his fist as he overtook them, before cutting in and forcing them to swerve into the central reservation.’
      • ‘She'd been driving her car, and a man had cut in front of her, then stopped - she slammed on the brakes but hit him from behind.’
      • ‘When someone cuts in front of you in traffic or honks at you if you hesitate, do you mutter an epithet or react with fear?’
      • ‘However, I will sometimes be driving along correctly when a young hooligan cuts in front of me because he sees a white head and thinks I will drive slowly and hold him up.’
      • ‘So he speeds the wrong way down one-way streets, runs red lights, mounts the sidewalks, cuts in front of ambulances, until finally he's stopped by a cop who takes one look at him and radios the station.’
      • ‘Inevitably, they will have to slam on the brakes and cut in front of you in order to avoid hitting the very large transport truck in the oncoming lane.’
    • 3(of a motor or other mechanical device) begin operating, especially when triggered automatically by an electrical signal.

      ‘emergency generators cut in’
      • ‘To be legal, the motor must be linked to the pedals so it only cuts in when you pedal - ‘electric assist’, rather than ‘electric propelled’.’
      • ‘A strange feeling began to grow in Fin's gut, his instincts cutting in, telling him something was wrong.’
      • ‘Moving back up the other side of the finger to about 15m, the fun began as the current cut in and we headed rapidly over a seascape of hard and soft coral outcrops.’
      • ‘Nerves began cutting in and he shuffled his feet.’
      • ‘As with other services, performance is controlled electronically, electric fans cutting in when the natural effect is too weak.’
      • ‘Thick electric guitar cuts in on the refrain, a false start that teases at a closing firestorm, but shuts down instead, bowing to the pastoral glow of the verses.’
      • ‘The exhaust has a butterfly valve, which cuts in between 1,500 rpm and 3,000 rpm.’
      • ‘I sort of liked number four - a biological cause - but couldn't see how such a trigger could cut in so synchronously everywhere.’
      • ‘So this morning, my high-speed Internet connection suddenly begins cutting in and out, mostly out.’
      • ‘Reverting to the inexcusable late payment subsidies, I believe there should be an automatic interest charge which cuts in as soon as the appointed day of payment passes.’
    • 4Interrupt a dancing couple to take over from one partner.

      ‘Saturday night she goes to an informal dance where men are rare and any girl may cut in’
      • ‘During slow song number four a red-haired girl asked to cut in.’
      • ‘He eventually came to his senses and cut in between my dancing partner and I.’
      • ‘Isn't it customary to ask the person's dancing partner before cutting in?’
      • ‘Now another Marine cut in, pulling the dancing rasta queen his way.’
      • ‘Marianna cut in with the girl he was dancing with but as soon as she did the smell went away.’
      interrupt, butt in, break in, interject, interpose, chime in
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  • cut someone in

    • Include someone in a deal and give them a share of the profits.

      ‘he didn't mind my having a racket, he was just narked that I hadn't cut him in’
      • ‘I'll cut you in for the regular fifteen percent.’
      • ‘I suppose they're probably still trying to figure out how to cut Halliburton in on the action.’
      • ‘So, should anyone have any ingenious ideas, please let us know and we may, in our unsurpassed magnanimity, decide to cut you in on the deal.’
      • ‘The Mir protested that this was his people's traditional form of income - but if Queen Victoria was unhappy, he could cut her in on the action.’
      • ‘Lawyers and bankers all over America were careful not to get on the bad side of the big boys from New York, who could cut them in on lucrative business.’
      • ‘We did think of offering to cut you in on the deal as well, but, well, you're already so damnably wealthy that any gains from out little scheme would hardly be worth your while.’
      • ‘I'm guessing the real violation here was not cutting him in for his fair share of the action.’
      • ‘The investment houses essentially gave them kickbacks by cutting them in on IPOs.’
      • ‘He cut Ross in on a share because he needed another pair of hands.’
      • ‘He say's as soon as he gets to it, he's gonna cut us in on the share.’
  • cut into

    • Interrupt the course of.

      ‘Victoria's words cut into her thoughts’
      • ‘It must be the margaritas, but I think it also has something to do with cutting into Krum's writing time.’
      • ‘Now focus on the feeling not the memory, Phil says quietly, his voice cutting into my reverie.’
      • ‘Do I agree that cutting into that vital sleep and having a few beers is ideal?’
      • ‘All this sharing of feelings cuts into my drinking time. We haven't made any arrangements for another date as I was letting him be the man and bring it up but meeting sooner rather than later is much better in my book.’
      • ‘By his own admission, that work rate cuts into other things (like answering emails, assembling the exerciser and enjoying important face time).’
      • ‘Any sort of work experience is very valuable for a good resume, but not when it cuts into your schoolwork so much that it stops you from getting any exam passes.’
      • ‘The Congress has responded by cutting into the recess, which is what we should have done.’
      • ‘I'll probably take it again someday, but not when it is cutting into my walking and socializing time.’
      • ‘They cut into course tutor time and need costly equipment and materials to make them of value to the young people.’
      • ‘We can understand war, economic depression, and political repression cutting into reproduction.’
  • cut someone off

    • 1Interrupt someone while they are speaking.

      ‘he cut her off and went on to another subject’
      • ‘I've got to cut you off for one second, because we have breaking news in Kabul.’
      • ‘I cut her off, waving my hands to stop her before she went to far.’
      • ‘The question that I would raise, and I've got to cut you off because we need to get a break, is how much the media should go along with it.’
      • ‘And I will be insufferable here and cut you off, take a break.’
      • ‘‘Wait a minute,’ Matt cut her off, sounding serious now.’
      • ‘‘Excuse me, guys,’ a soft soprano broke into his monologue, cutting him off.’
      • ‘Nash was about to say something to her, but she cut him off, ‘Stop pretending to be blind and ignorant!’’
      • ‘She felt bad to stop him and cut him off when she should be listening but it hurt her so much to hear about Courtney.’
      • ‘He was clearly fearful of her debating strengths and had, evidently, rehearsed cutting her off and interrupting at every chance.’
      • ‘‘No buts,’ Burke cut him off and disconnected the line, another of his trademark moves.’
      1. 1.1Interrupt someone during a telephone call by breaking the connection.
        ‘I listened to pre-recorded messages for twenty-three minutes before being cut off’
        • ‘The machine cut her off then (thank god) the whirring stopped.’
        • ‘After three minutes with the automated operator the Yorkshire Post was cut off at 11.17 am yesterday with the message: ‘I'm sorry our operators are busy.’’
        • ‘Now, I am anxious not to cut you off, but from time to time I may interrupt you to try to make sure that I grasp the point that you are advancing and, in effect, play it back to you to make sure that I understand what you are trying to tell me.’
        interrupt, cut off, butt in on, break in on
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    • 2Prevent someone from receiving or being provided with something, especially power or water.

      ‘consumers may be cut off for non-payment’
      • ‘So when it's dry I get water, but when it rains I am cut off?’
      • ‘We came home from work on July 3 to discover our telephone had been cut off and BT engineers had erected a new telegraph pole a few metres from our home on the green.’
      • ‘Our water was cut off and our houses were pulled down.’
      • ‘Some residents are illegally reconnecting their water supplies after they were cut off by the council due to non-payment, municipal finance director Brian Shepherd said in a report tabled before a council meeting.’
      • ‘The Psychic Friends Network just cut me off for nonpayment.’
      • ‘Because we were still connected to the sewer we did pay that part of the account, but we never paid for water - after all they could hardly cut us off (the usual punishment for recalcitrants) if we were not connected.’
      • ‘Two years ago, she says, her electricity was cut off when she couldn't pay the bill.’
      • ‘At times in my community, they have a bill for less than $100, and their power is cut off.’
      • ‘Hall has been living without electricity, gas or water in the flat for nearly a week after they were cut off on the orders of police.’
      • ‘A truce appeared to have been reached this week between authorities and Roma who rioted in Plovdiv after their electricity was cut off for non-payment, but a long-term solution remains to be achieved.’
      discontinue, break off, disconnect, interrupt, suspend
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    • 3Reject someone as one's heir; disinherit someone.

      ‘Gabrielle's family cut her off without a penny’
      • ‘I never thought your parents would totally cut you off and disown you.’
      • ‘With that, Lear cuts Cordelia off, deciding she will receive none of the entitlement.’
      • ‘So after the Gulf War they cut him off without a penny.’
      • ‘If he takes it I get nothing and I am cut off from any inheritance and practically disowned as their son.’
      • ‘Well maybe I wouldn't have to work here if you hadn't cut me off without a penny!’
      • ‘Now you fix this situation and you do it quickly or so help me, I'll cut you off without a penny.’
      disinherit, disown, repudiate, reject, have nothing more to do with, have done with, wash one's hands of
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    • 4Prevent someone from having access to somewhere or someone; isolate someone from something they previously had connections with.

      ‘the couple were cut off by a fast-moving tide’
      • ‘By the fifteenth century in England, even the regular clergy were rarely so tightly cloistered as to cut them off from social relations.’
      • ‘Or does it cut you off from sources of internal worth, isolate you, and sabotage your health?’
      • ‘Profound sin tends to cut you off from reality.’
      • ‘We warn communities not to try to cross the rivers but to stay at home even though they have been cut off and have no access to basic needs.’
      • ‘The jewel-like secrecy and interiority of man's consciousness cuts him off from valuable social exchange and isolates and starves him.’
      • ‘The government crackdown on trafficking and use of drugs is driving the users underground, cutting them off from treatment and services needed to prevent HIV, she said.’
      • ‘Although he had stepped down from the editorship, his supervisors at the Smithsonian took away his office, made him turn in his keys, and cut him off from access to the collections he needs for his research.’
      • ‘But this isolation cuts them off from social networks and cultural capital that are indispensable for survival and success at all levels of the workplace.’
      • ‘Internet gambling, which already occurs in New Zealand, cannot be prevented without cutting New Zealand off electronically from the rest of the world.’
      • ‘Traffic along 16th Ave was very backed up and congested as access to Memorial Drive was cut off.’
      • ‘She said that the electricity supply to her home had been cut off as well as the gas, and the family would not be able to return home until these had been restored and the heating could be put back on.’
      isolate, separate, keep apart, keep away
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  • cut something off

    • Block the usual means of access to a place.

      ‘the caves were cut off from the outside world by a landslide’
      • ‘A woman in labour was air-lifted from Ruatahuna to Rotorua Hospital, while about 30 people are cut off from civilisation in Ruatoki after access roads were washed out.’
      • ‘The convoy tried to retreat but its path had been cut off.’
      • ‘In addition to the ecological damage, all traffic to and from the ports have been blocked, essentially cutting the big apple off from the rest of the world.’
      • ‘Mr Barker said the viability of the farm was damaged when much of its land was cut off by the construction of the Thirsk bypass in the 1970s.’
      • ‘Ask the wrong question or write something the White House doesn't like, and your access is cut off.’
      • ‘An MP has stepped in over a row about price hikes which he says are cutting rural South Lakeland communities off from the 21st century, reports Andy Bloxham.’
      • ‘A spokesperson for the local residents association is asking Kildare County Council to put a yellow box in place at the junction as their alternative route will be cut off.’
      • ‘Due to the digging work, the road has been blocked and all the approach ways to the houses have been cut off.’
      • ‘Eventually, many spur lines were abandoned, cutting off the few surviving farmers from reasonable access to their markets.’
      • ‘Except on days when its roads are cut off by flooding, it takes about twenty minutes to drive the entire way around it.’
      • ‘There are only a handful of Canadian waters closed to navigation by the Canadian Coast Guard, and one of those is Niagara Falls, Williams said, pointing out that it is mainly for public safety reasons that access is cut off.’
      • ‘But then the storm struck, un-forecast, vicious, and our escape was cut off.’
      • ‘One of the ironies of the Union naval blockade was that the North cut itself off from the supply of raw cotton.’
      • ‘Just a month ago, their village was cut off by the worst floods to hit the region since records began.’
      • ‘He has just returned from Delhi where he works as a labourer and has no information about his parents as the areas are cut off.’
      • ‘Formed by an almost continuous line of islands cutting off the ocean, it is full of circular islets covered with mangrove swamps and coconut palms.’
  • cut out

    • 1(of a motor or engine) suddenly stop operating.

      ‘both the lifeboat's engines cut out at times as they hit the seabed’
      • ‘When the vehicle comes to rest - at traffic lights, for instance - the engine cuts out.’
      • ‘I'm afraid the engine just cuts out at a certain point.’
      • ‘The engine cuts out when you get inverted and the airplane is just not aerodynamically suited for that kind of maneuver.’
      • ‘Dilger said that he could remember little of the accident, only that his engine had cut out and that the brakes had failed.’
      • ‘He was almost a leg in front of the Listers when his engine cut out and he was left dead in the water.’
      • ‘Now, what happens when the engine cuts out at altitude?’
      • ‘The doodlebug's flaming engine cut out and it turned to glide in our direction.’
      • ‘Most probably because of electrical problems, the engine then started cutting out.’
      • ‘Witnesses told police they heard the plane in trouble with its engine spluttering and cutting out moments before the impact with the ground.’
      • ‘Even though Ground wanted me to stay up, I knew I could not for long as the engines started cutting out rapidly from fuel starvation.’
      stop working, cease to function, stop, fail, give out
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    • 2(of a person) leave quickly, especially so as to avoid a boring or awkward situation.

      ‘she was working her way toward the door and when no one was watching, she cut out’
      • ‘Bush is cutting out of the summit early, and he's made clear that he expects us all to get along under an American vision of how we should go forward.’
      leave, depart, take one's leave, take oneself off, go away, go off, withdraw, absent oneself, say one's goodbyes, quit, make an exit, exit
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  • cut someone out

    • Exclude someone.

      ‘his mother cut him out of her will’
      • ‘Guys, I guess that, in the end, this cuts us out of the equation.’
      • ‘I do believe it because I think people are upset that he was cut out of that opportunity.’
      • ‘In fact, leverage is the weapon we will use against the infidels, including Hollywood studio moguls who might try to cut us out of the action.’
      • ‘We had a good relationship, but since the break-up she has become very bitter, and she has decided to cut us out of her life.’
      • ‘As you know, he's taken some lumps over the fact that he was cut out of that filibuster deal.’
      • ‘Relationships between them are frosty, Morton claiming she was cut out of the promotional loop when they returned from America.’
      • ‘He refused to provide his name but reassured me that Lara had been cut out of the film.’
      • ‘Wang Din-shin asks the court to recognise a will written in 1968 naming him as sole executor and beneficiary, and cutting Nina out of the estate entirely.’
      • ‘This photo may undercut her assertion that she was cut out of the loop.’
      • ‘You can thank the Founding Fathers and their accursed, anti-democratic Electoral College system for cutting you out of the action.’
      exclude, leave out, omit, eliminate
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  • cut up

    • 1Behave in a mischievous or unruly manner.

      ‘kids cutting up in a classroom’
      • ‘‘She was kind of getting a little antsy in there, there was a couple of horses cutting up,’ Bourque said.’
      fool about, fool around, play the fool, act foolishly, act the clown, act the fool, act the goat, play about, play around, monkey about, monkey around, play tricks, indulge in horseplay, engage in high jinks
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    • 2(of a horse race) have a particular selection of runners.

      ‘the race has cut up badly with no other opposition from England’
  • cut someone up

    • 1(of a driver) overtake someone and pull in too closely in front of them.

      ‘he was threatened with a baseball bat after cutting up another driver’
      • ‘Even though I live outside Swindon I come into it quite regularly and get quite upset and angry when other drivers cut you up, because they are in the wrong lanes and leave it till the last minute to get over.’
      • ‘Many a time I have had to batter the side of the bus scaring myself and the passengers inside to warn the bus driver that he was cutting me up and was about to smear me across the pavement.’
      • ‘Seething with suppressed fury when someone cuts you up in traffic or pushes in front of you in a shop queue is a sure way to develop a raging headache, says a US researcher.’
      • ‘Instead they just build up and they eventually reach the point where we explode over something small like a spilt bit of coffee or someone cutting us up in our cars.’
      • ‘The delivery driver was near the roundabout when a vehicle pulled alongside him and cut him up.’
      • ‘But recently I've taken to doing what I notice the other drivers do when they cut me up at traffic lights.’
      • ‘I consider myself to be a concerned citizen, so if a driver cuts me up or behaves in a manner that I consider to be irresponsible, I should flash my lights and attempt to make him, or her, pull over and explain to them the error of their ways.’
      • ‘It was pouring with rain that day and I was trying to turn right down an alley off Earls Court Road when suddenly a man pulled out right in front of me and cut me up.’
      • ‘It's particularly useful when you're driving and someone cuts you up at a roundabout.’
      • ‘I even had grey-haired Grannies cutting me up today.’
    • 2Criticize someone severely.

      ‘my kids cut him up about his appetite all the time’
      • ‘Finally, after I got through with him, he took it out on Cory by cutting her up.’
      find fault with, censure, denounce, condemn, arraign, attack, lambaste, pillory, disapprove of, carp at, cavil at, rail against, inveigh against, cast aspersions on, pour scorn on, disparage, denigrate, deprecate, malign, vilify, besmirch, run down, give a bad press to
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Middle English (probably existing, although not recorded, in Old English); probably of Germanic origin and related to Norwegian kutte and Icelandic kuta ‘cut with a small knife’, kuti ‘small blunt knife’.