Synonyms of cut in English:



  • 3 they cut the rope before he choked he has cut his ties with the church
    sever, cleave, cut in two
    literary rend
    archaic sunder
    rare dissever
  • 11 he brought the car to a halt and cut the engine
    turn off, switch off, shut off, deactivate
    informal kill
    he brought the car to a halt and cut the engine
    [Antonyms] turn on
  • 12 the point where the line cuts the vertical axis
    cross, intersect, bisect; meet, join
    technical decussate
    the point where the line cuts the vertical axis
    [Antonyms] diverge
  • 15 the demos which he cut for the recording company
    record, make a recording of, put on disc/tape, make a tape of, tape-record
    informal lay down


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  • 2 a cut of beef
    joint, piece, section, bit
  • 5 a smart cut of the whip
    blow, slash, stroke
    informal swipe
  • 8 fortunately the cut happened at night, and power was quickly restored
    power cut, loss of supply, interruption of supply, breakdown; blackout
  • 9 the elegant cut of his dinner jacket
    style, design; tailoring, lines, fit


be cut out

I don't think I'm cut out for this sort of work be suitedbe suitablebe rightbe designedbe equippedbe qualified

cut across

a movement which cut across class barriers transcendgo beyondrise above

cut back

some companies cut back on foreign investment we're going to have to cut back reducecutcut downdecreaselessenretrenchtrimpruneslim downscale downsalami-slicerationalizedownsizeeconomize onpull/draw in one's hornstighten one's belt informalslashaxe

cut corners

his staff complains that he is cutting corners to save money by putting ordinary cream cheese in the tiramisu skimpeconomizepinch pennies

cut someone/something down

cut and dried

there were agreements which needed to be cut and dried
[Antonyms] vague
definitedecidedsettledexplicitspecificpreciseunambiguousclear-cutunequivocalblack and whitehard and fast

cut in

‘It's urgent,’ Raoul cut in interruptbutt inbreak ininterjectinterposechime inBritish informalchip in

cut something off

  • 2 Moscow threatened to cut off oil and gas supplies to Lithuania
    discontinue, break off, disconnect, interrupt, suspend; stop, end, bring to an end
    Moscow threatened to cut off oil and gas supplies to Lithuania
    [Antonyms] restore

cut someone off

  • 1 Gabrielle's family cut her off without a penny
    disinherit, disown, repudiate, reject, have nothing more to do with, have done with, wash one's hands of

cut out

both the lifeboat's engines cut out stop workingcease to functionstopfailgive outbreak downmalfunction informaldiegive up the ghostconk outgo on the blinkgo kaputBritish informalpack up

cut someone/something out

  • 3 his mother cut him out of her will
    exclude, leave out, omit, eliminate
    his mother cut him out of her will
    [Antonyms] include

cut and run

only cowards cut and run fleerunrun awayrun offmake a run for itrun for ittake flightbe gonemake offtake offtake to one's heelsmake a break for itboltbeat a (hasty) retreatmake a quick exitmake one's getawayescapeabsent oneselfmake oneself scarceabscondhead for the hillsdo a disappearing act informalbeat itclear offclear outvamooseskedaddlesplitleg itshow a clean pair of heelsturn tailscramBritish informaldo a runnerscarperdo a bunkNorth American informallight outbug outcut outpeel outtake a powderskidooAustralian informalgo throughshoot through vulgar slangbugger off archaicfly

cut someone short

Peter cut him short interruptcut offbutt in onbreak in on

cut something short

they decided to cut short their holiday
[Antonyms] extend
break offbring to a premature endleave unfinishedshortentruncatecurtailterminateendstopabortbring to an untimely end


a cut above

informal he considered himself to be a cut above the rest superior tomuch better than informalstreets ahead ofway ahead of the field/pack

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-ectomy related suffix, as in hysterectomy , appendectomy

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