Main definitions of cut up in English

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  • 1predicative (of soft ground) rutted and uneven after the passage of heavy vehicles or animals.

    • ‘The ice was barely any smoother, but here it was cut up by the passage of so many other skaters, instead of having that natural roughness caused by the waves and ripples in the water as it froze.’
    • ‘This causes the surface to be cut up by the metal shoes and compacts the grounds in other parts causing water to gather in the ‘rainy season,’ which in turn becomes rank and boggy.’
    • ‘The turf was severely cut up by travellers' vehicles.’
  • 2informal predicative (of a person) very distressed.

    ‘she was pretty cut up about them leaving’
    • ‘I'm too cut up about the whole thing and I'm not entirely sure that they understand just how much hurt they have caused.’
    • ‘I saw you running out of school and you looked pretty cut up about something.’
    • ‘Ok, I admit it, I'm preparing you for the worst, it's been a really poor month for me - but I know for sure that it's been a poor month for most people fishing my rivers so I don't feel too cut up about it.’
    • ‘She was stunned and I explained that Dad wasn't used to seeing me so cut up about a boy and didn't know how to handle it.’
    • ‘Interesting that the revolutionary animals of the Hundred Anarchist Wood are all cut up about the demise of the Friday Five.’
    • ‘Firstly I am still cut up about Lea, and I will be for a while - it's just poor timing that my crisis and Allison's seem to have coincided.’
    • ‘I remember being cut up about it at school that day, even though Sparky was Lucy's cat.’
    • ‘But I have been needing the retail therapy, I am still cut up about Lea, although I have been trying to suppress it more and more.’
    • ‘Jason was pretty cut up when she threw him out but I told him it served him right for chasing skirt all the time.’
    • ‘I sighed seeing the distress in my brother, cut up over a girl.’
    • ‘He couldn't figure out why Robin was so cut up about this chick.’
    • ‘She called yesterday evening and she sounded a lot better, still pretty cut up about it though, hardly surprising.’
    upset, distressed, miserable, unhappy, sad, troubled, dismayed, saddened, grieved, hurt, devastated, traumatized
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Main definitions of cut up in English

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phrasal verb

  • 1North American Behave 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’


  • 1A film or sound recording made by cutting and editing material from pre-existing recordings.

    ‘the band use old movie and televangelist cut ups and rap-influenced vocals’
    • ‘Mash-ups or cutups as they are called in the UK are all the rage in England, but are slowly catching on in the US, partly because of the sorry state of American Radio.’
    • ‘Quinoline Yellow's ‘Sunny delight suit’ is an exhaustive process of furious digital hard drive cut ups that really do give your head the dizzy's and sounds like a Star Wars light sabre battle on fast forward.’
    • ‘When we put together cutups of their third-and-long plays, the reel was the shortest of anyone we played.’
    • ‘‘Windmill’ is the title track's crisper cousin, stumbling in with a string of vocal cutups and featuring a reserved but energetic percussion breakdown.’
    • ‘I have done some recent work with cut ups and tapes recently.’
    • ‘That said cut ups of The Smiths, S Club 7, Frank Sinatra, Cypress Hill, RAM Trilogy and David Bowie are all present in one form or another.’
    • ‘More abstract delights are offered by King Camera (Diarmuid again, this time meeting with Volcano The Bear), whose psychedelic folk cutups sound like the Incredible String Band and the Red Crayola remixed by Pierre Henry.’
    • ‘Her video montages are rather like cut ups from the 1980s or cable TV now, where rapid-fire montage irony is a transport mechanism for promos and ad breaks.’
    • ‘The disc is filled with fractured percussion: ‘Luminescent Exultant Chariot’ is constituted entirely by sputtering drum cutups, minimal, rounded synth tones and Lenzi's solemn sing/speak.’
    • ‘Its texturally extremely rich music, measured and dominated by the flow of Muscis samples; a rich brew of voice cut ups, ethnic field recordings of flutes, kotos etc and deep, ambient electronics.’
    • ‘Similarly, the quasi-improvised soundscaping on ‘In The City That Reads,’ led by Lindsay's guitar squelches and a host of computer cutups, proves satisfying and frustrating in equal measure.’
  • 2North American informal A person who is fond of making jokes or playing the fool.

    ‘she insists she was ‘never a class cut-up’, but her sister was always pretty funny’
    • ‘Smart Alex is gifted and handsome but plays here a moping wise guy, a comic - or tragic - cutup, a fellow of funny hats and accents, with a pistol in his brown paper bag.’
    • ‘Mom said that she was a big cutup and a joker, always fooling around and stuff, and she was up on the conveyor belt dancing.’
    • ‘He was a cutup, but he didn't have a mean bone in his body.’
    • ‘He was a Jew, a leftist, an activist, an intellectual, a bit of a cutup, and a pretty nice guy.’
    • ‘Tom White, who might have been called a campus cutup, had a distinguished career, became a brigadier general, then went off to a civilian career that led back to the job of Secretary of the Army.’
    • ‘I wished suddenly I had been more of a class cutup.’
    • ‘Don't they realize that it doesn't matter if one candidate is a likable cutup and the other one a superior stiff when it comes to stuff like global warming, a patients' bills of rights, Social Security, the right to choose, etc.?’
    • ‘I could see clearly enough that the vast majority of my fifth-graders genuinely wanted to learn - but all it took to subvert the whole enterprise were a few cutups.’
    • ‘From the folks who brought you last season's ‘Merlin’ comes a ‘Noah's Ark’ in which the Lord is a cutup and Noah's really in the drink.’