verb (cuts, cutting; past and past participle cut)[with object]
- 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 threw a knife and cut a man's ear and cheek with it.
- During a big home repair job - well, really just changing a light switch - I accidentally cut myself.
- 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.
- When I could no longer stand to utter one more word in the world, I began to cut myself.
- At least she's stopped cutting, but she really needs us more than ever.
- 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.
- McKeon's natural stone is cut from limestone beds laid down 250 million years ago.
- Blocks of ice were cut from ponds and lakes on the estate and stacked between layers of straw.
- Whether cutting cattle or breaking horses, Adam was undoubtedly the best on the Ponderosa.
- For more than 50 years, raising, training, cutting and showing horses has been a way of life for him.
- At two, many stallions are gentle (I had one I kept until he was 5 then had him cut).
- Some boys have a circumcision, which means that a doctor or clergy member cuts away the foreskin.
- The proper standard of care in this situation is to minimize and repair the injury, not make it worse by cutting off the foreskin and creating a larger and more painful surgical wound.
- No anesthesia was used to numb the pain as the baby was cut.
- 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.
- Finally, the individual leaves would be cut out and then ready to hang from the classroom lights, or be displayed on the classroom windows.
- Why, you try cutting them out, stop eating them, avoiding temptation.
- Cut down on sodium the week before, then cut it out entirely the last three days before the shoot.
- The usual migraine triggers were cut out from Harriet's diet: chocolate, cheese, orange juice: but to no avail, says Nicky.
- Sneaking up on a huge animal, and cutting it out of a herd was always treacherous business.
- Just as Diego almost cut the cow out of the herd it lashed out kicking furiously and howling.
- I had been grinning all morning, especially when Mesa and I succeeded in cutting some difficult cows from the herd.
- It's too bad Sara had made Salad for supper because the carrots had to be cut with a knife.
- 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.
- Matthias chuckles, then takes a knife, and cuts himself some bread.
- Lafayette street was added years later after the land had been cut up and sold to developers.
- Heaps of snow had been cut up by vehicles into mushy mud.
- 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.
- That is rewriting history, and cutting your anchor rope, and should be resisted.
- Some were lost through storms or when their marking float lines were cut by boat props or otherwise severed.
- 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.
- 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.
- He told the hearing that between 50-100 oak trees on his land would be cut down because of the Bypass project.
- 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.
- 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.
- If your attempt fails, the enemy will use the weapon he carries to cut you down.
- Eventually, firefighters cut a hole in the main floor to gain access.
- He looked around, and cut a hole in the corner of the bag with his knife.
- We proceeded to cut a hole in the fence and climb through.
- I had a low cut polo shirt along with a denim mini skirt and silver pumps.
- Sara struggled into tight jeans and a low cut shirt that was also too tight.
- He also knows how to cut a killer coat, while still remaining true to his vision.
- A new road had been cut through the quarry wall to a tidy waterside quay.
- He had found the path, cut through the forest, followed the trail of pebbles and watched the signs leading to nowhere.
- They followed riverbeds and paths cut through the mountainous terrain for the Indonesian army.
- Who cuts their grass or trims their hedge in winter?
- Her makeup was sensible, and her wheat blond hair was cut very fashionably.
- She had a good figure, and her light brown hair was cut about neck length, the style in the area.
- At the moment she is preparing for her tough task by cutting down on the amount of tea she drinks.
- First, it cuts down on the amount of free time kids spend without supervision.
- But with nobody coming forward to take over the business, the only way forward seemed to be cutting the opening hours.
- Scenes with a mechanical shark had to be cut, because it did not look believable enough.
- You lot do know that one of the key scenes was cut from the theatrical release, right?
- These excerpts were ultimately cut from the final script.
- Better yet, any automation pattern can be cut, copied and pasted to any other clip or parameter.
- 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.
- Players quit too late for teams to react, and teams cut players too late to find other jobs.
- Forcing all parties to wait until the month before training camps open doesn't help the team cutting the player, the player or the teams wanting to sign the player.
- In fact, the team considered cutting Northcutt during last offseason.
- It was used by Hitler during World War II when Germany had most of its oil supplies cut.
- Libya has also supported British policy, cutting off oil supplies to the beleaguered regime.
- They would react by cutting off oil supplies to the West.
- 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.
- Ask the wrong question or write something the White House doesn't like, and your access is 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.
- Girls showed up for the photography workshop without fail, even when they cut school.
- One problem is that after cutting class, the teenager faces powerful temptations to misbehave.
- I got in trouble for cutting school, staying out late, lying about detention and lying about homework.
- 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.
- He was sixth for a long time, but lost the place after accidentally cutting off the engine whilst trying to de-mist his windscreen.
- To calm myself, I'd taken the scenic route and cut across the park to reach school.
- They stayed away from the trail, cutting across country, following animal tracks where they could to avoid unseen obstacles.
- 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.
- The challenge is to find global solutions for a problem that cuts across national boundaries, cultures, societies and socio - economic strata.
- Many organisations will have soft power of their own as they attract citizens into coalitions that cut across national boundaries.
- 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.
- 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.
- He simply walked on by, cutting me as dead as a doornail, and shot into his house.
- She heard me say that Britain should withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights and, since then, has cut me completely.
- I can't believe you cut me like that!
- Jon will say his line and we'll cut there. You ready? Let's get in position.
- The actor waits - in vain - for his director to call out ‘Cut!’
- As soon as I recovered from my shock, I yelled ‘Cut!’ and rushed up to Ria and Erwin.
- 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, in a remarkable shot, we cut to her point of view of Ray sitting in the driver's seat.
- I really hadn't been paying attention to the news, until they cut to a shot from the news chopper.
- As we speak he is cutting his 18th feature film.
- 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.
- They cut all these pieces together and made it look like a big orgy.
- Many singers and music directors are being roped in to cut the albums for political parties and potential candidates.
- From what Ive been able to dig up Turner cut the album in his home studio.
- The performers posed for a photocall after cutting the single.
- The pack is shuffled and cut and 16 cards each are dealt singly as before.
- Players cut for the deal, and whoever cuts the highest card becomes the first dealer.
- The cards are shuffled, cut, and dealt, usually three at a time, but this is not imperative.
- Under pressure I never hook. I am more prone to cut the ball, if anything.
- You might end up slicing and cutting the ball all over the place.
- After the 8th hole, Barney is ahead by 1 stroke, but cuts his ball into the rough on the 9th.
- He says drugs are sometimes cut with other substances like talcum powder and the bag could simply have been mislabelled.
- 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.
- They do this by cutting the drugs with other powders, showing no respect for the people who take the drug.
- 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.
- For years Leeds were the team who didn't quite cut it against the key rivals, Wigan and Bradford.
- Unfortunately for him, he'll never know if he is made of the stuff required to cut it living offshore.
- I was first introduced to Reiki some eight years ago, sitting in the hairdressers having a cut and blow dry.
- A cut, shampoo and set would take about an hour, and a perm would take two hours.
- I went along to the spacious Studio in Edinburgh for a cut and colour to find out.
- 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.
- 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.
- Often the horse does his work with panting sides and trembling knees, and not seldom gets a cut of the whip from his rider.
- Sarah was his friend and being unable to help her was the most cruel cut of all.
- 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.
- The law ordered striking hospital employees back to work with a 15 per cent pay cut.
- 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.
- 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.
- This is for younger guys on the team and minor leaguers who are on the roster but will be sent down at the first cut.
- The team probably will wait until teams make their final roster cuts before making a move.
- Each team has one, and he'll do his dirty work as teams make their final roster cuts Sunday, from 65 players to 53.
- 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.
- 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.
- Jewison allows the actors to set the tone through long takes rather than forcing the scene through rapid cuts.
- Harris' use of unconventional camera angles and quick cuts invigorates these scenes.
- 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.
- 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.
- Although none of them feature on the leaderboard, it was a productive day for eight of the nine Scots who made the halfway cut.
- Since making several radical changes to clubs and his mental preparation, he has barely missed a tournament cut.
- He played some elegant straight bat drives, and he also played some beautiful horizontal bat cuts.
- Martin seemed in more trouble when he dropped short and Gilchrist aimed a cut.
- They adapted to the variable bounce, and then launched into the bowlers in a flurry of cuts, sweeps, drives and lofts over the infield.
- Scars on the skin appear when a cut or other injury is healing.
- In her terror, the woman instinctively put her hand up to protect her neck and suffered a cut from the blade.
- 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.
- This causes the dough to expand rapidly, the cuts on top opening to give the leaf-shaped scars typical of these loaves.
- 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.
- For example, add lean cuts of red meat or dark poultry to your meals on a regular basis.
- There is even a full-time butcher, preparing the cuts of meat from carcass.
- If you've got the time, foods such as eggs, poultry, fish, and lean cuts of red meat are excellent sources of complete protein.
- More likely they'd drive me to the recycling center to cash in my cans, and then demand a cut of the profit.
- When Kev and Mike come bearing gifts, they want to flog them down their local, promising the barmaid a cut of the profits.
- The stars also get a cut of the profits from the show being re-sold and from the sale of videos and DVDs.
- You've mentioned that recording the band's cuts was a stop and start process.
- 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.
- This being a tribute record, all the cuts don't work.
- Get the extended director's cut with original German dialogue, if you can.
- The director's cut of the film, on the other hand, leaves little room for laughter.
- And all that's left is an early director's cut of a promising movie that desperately needs editing.
- 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.
- The work consists of forty leaves, of a small folio size, each leaf containing a cut in wood.
- Louise designs the cut and style and Rita weaves her hue magic to create movement and pizazz.
- The secret to fab hair is in the cut, not the containers of setting gunk!
- All I see is his broad back encased in an expensive black suit, and the elegant cut of his dark hair.
be cut out for (or to be)
- [usually with negative] informal Have exactly the right qualities for a particular role, task, or job: I’m just not cut out to be a policemanMore example sentences
- Here was proof that blackmail was not something I was cut out for.
- But not everyone is cut out for that - I certainly am not.
- 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.
a cut above
- informal Noticeably superior to: she’s a cut above the restMore example sentences
- Against all the evidence, the English still believe themselves a superior race, a cut above the rest of us.
- England and France, maybe even Wales, are a cut above that.
- They were dominant literally throughout the field and on the day genuinely looked a cut above all others in the county right now.
cut and dried
- [often with negative] (Of a situation) completely settled or decided: the championship is not as cut and dried as everyone thinksEarly 18th century: originally used to distinguish the herbs of herbalists' shops from growing herbsMore example sentences
definite, decided, settled, explicit, specific, precise, unambiguous, clear-cut, unequivocal, black and white, hard and fast
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
cut and run
- informal Make a speedy or sudden departure from an awkward or hazardous situation rather than deal with it.Originally a nautical phrase, meaning 'cut the anchor cable because of some emergency and make sail immediately'Example sentences
- But rather than cut and run, what we really need to do is to stay put and reach out.
- I think if we pull, cut and run today, it's going to be chaos and a civil war.
- I was ready to cut and run when the tapping on my car window told me it was already too late… he was there.
cut and thrust
- Fencing The use of both the edge and the point of one’s sword while fighting.Example sentences
- Example; He tells us to parry with the flat of the sword in his cut and thrust section.
- Metal fashioned into swords was found to be handy in the cut and thrust of combat - if the victim did not die from the puncturing of vital organs, septicemia would do the rest - but metal could also be used as protection.
- 5.1A spirited and rapid interchange of views: the cut and thrust of political debateMore example sentences
- 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.
- I love the fast moving aspect of the marketing business and the competitive cut and thrust of winning new accounts.
- 5.2A situation or sphere of activity regarded as carried out under adversarial conditions: the ruthless cut and thrust of the business worldMore example sentences
- These qualities are clearly vital when it comes to the cut and thrust of a life-threatening situation.
- 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.
cut both ways
- (Of a point or statement) serve both sides of an argument.Example sentences
- Interestingly, the preferred arguments of both sides can cut both ways.
- The argument cuts both ways - but not according to the RIAA?
- This cuts both ways: new arguments are never by themselves decisive; but, equally, old presumptions can always be challenged.
- 6.1(Of an action or process) have both good and bad effects: the triumphs of civilization cut both waysMore example sentences
- But as recent American sanctions on imported steel from Brazil and Asia indicate, the process does not cut both ways.
- 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.
- 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.
cut the corner
- Take the shortest course by going across and not around a corner.Example sentences
- 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.
- 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.
- ‘People are cutting the corner to avoid the cars parked right up to it,’ he said.
- Undertake something in what appears to be the easiest, quickest, or cheapest way, especially by omitting to do something important or ignoring rules.Example sentences
- His staff complains that he is cutting corners to save money by putting ordinary cream cheese in the tiramisu (an Italian dessert).
- Is the employee rewarded for finding ways to save money by cutting corners?
- If you try to save money up-front by cutting corners, it can end up costing you much more in the end.
cut someone dead
- Completely ignore someone.Example sentences
- 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.
- 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?
- 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.
cut a deal
- North American informal Come to an arrangement, especially in business; make a deal.Example sentences
- It's a really blatant case of government cutting a deal for big business against the public interest.
- And the father pleads guilty to a long sentence, purportedly to help his son, but without actually cutting a deal with prosecutors to help his son, for reasons that are obscure.
- They fight over their share of the surplus rather than cutting a deal, precisely because they have future bargains in mind (with other parties too).
cut someone down to size
- informal Deflate someone’s exaggerated sense of self-worth.Example sentences
- We have to cut you down to size, expose your tricks, purge you.
- 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.
- 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.
cut something down to size
- Reduce the size or power of something, for example an organization, that is regarded as having become too large or powerful.Example sentences
- 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.
- That means cutting the debt mountain 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.
cut a —— figure
- Present oneself or appear in a particular way: David has cut a dashing figure on the international social sceneMore example sentences
- 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.
- 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.
cut from the same cloth
- Of the same nature; similar: don’t assume all women are cut from the same clothMore example sentences
- 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
- 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.
cut in line
- North American Push into a line of people in order to be served or dealt with before one’s turn.Example sentences
- We assume our next guest won't be cutting in line either.
- Because they were sweet little old ladies, neither me nor the other lady said anything to them about cutting in line.
- Right now, you might want to be careful about cutting in line in front of a middle-aged woman.
cut it fine
- see fine1.
cut it out
- Distance oneself from a person, group, or system by which one is unduly influenced or on which one is overdependent: they cut loose from from the factory and started their ownMore example sentences
- With contemporary credit systems cut loose from both traditional inherent constraints and central bank controls, the analytical focus changes.
- 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.
- 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.
- 19.1Act without restraint: consumers want to cut loose and have secret bacchanalsMore example sentences
- Your writer had a great time, attempting to show suitable restraint at lunch but then cutting loose a bit more at dinner.
- Carreras really cut loose in this repertoire; Heppner is more restrained, and that's valid too, albeit not as exciting.
- 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.
cut someone/something loose (or free)
- Free someone or something from something that holds or restricts them: he’d cut loose the horsesMore example sentences
- 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.
- Half of the men crept ahead, cut the horses loose, and threw snowballs to spook them toward the others.
- Alain cut the horse loose from the reins with his sword.
cut one's losses
- Abandon an enterprise or course of action that is clearly going to be unprofitable or unsuccessful before one suffers too much loss or harm.Example sentences
- They simply cannot learn to cut their losses, abandon issues they can't win, and get on with it.
- 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.
- 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?
cut the mustard
- informal Come up to expectations; reach the required standard: I didn’t cut the mustard as a hockey playerMore example sentences
- It seems pastel-coloured headlines about the perfect cheesecake no longer cut the mustard, and that ‘homemakers’ are better catered to by other publications.
- 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.
cut no ice
- informal Have no influence or effect: your holier-than-thou attitude cuts no ice with meMore example sentences
- 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.
- Reason cuts no ice; economic theory is dismissed; and contrary evidence is ignored.
- All this rubbish about human relationships cuts no ice with me.
cut someone off (or down) in their prime
cut someone/something short
- Interrupt someone or something; bring an abrupt or premature end to something said or done: Peter cut him short rudelyMore example sentences
break off, shorten, truncate, curtail, terminate, end, stop, abort, bring to an untimely end
- He began to tell me about whirling electrons and orthicon-tubes and other nonsense, but I cut him short with an abrupt wave.
- They played every game they were asked, and their contracts were cut short.
- My education was cut short by an unexpected interruption of life.
cut someone to pieces
- Kill or severely injure someone.Example sentences
- 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?’
- 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.
- 26.1Totally defeat someone.Example sentences
- It cuts him to pieces and I know he would love to swap places with me.
- Do not play games with me, lovely, for my ferocious wit and cunning is sure to cut you to pieces!
- If you play carelessly or without respect the open lines and quick development that White gets for his pawn will cut you to pieces.
cut a (or the) rug
- North American informal Dance, typically in an energetic or accomplished way: you can cut a rug when dance bands and singers take to the stageMore example sentences
- 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.
cut one's teeth
- Acquire initial practice or experience of a particular sphere of activity or with a particular organization: the brothers cut their professional teeth at Lusardi’s before starting their own restaurantMore example sentences
- Often from an executive point of view you haven't really cut your teeth until you have experienced it.
- 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.
cut a tooth
- (Usually of a baby or child) have a tooth appear through the gum.Example sentences
- In further breaking news, he cut a tooth last night.
- If your baby has cut a tooth, or more than one tooth, you will need to begin cleaning that as well.
- The last two nights have been worse, because he's cutting a tooth or two and has developed a cold.
cut to the chase
- North American informal Come to the point: cut to the chase—what is it you want us to do?Cut in the sense 'move to another part of the movie', expressing the notion of ignoring any preliminariesMore example sentences
- 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?’
- 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.
cut your coat according to your cloth
- proverb Undertake only what you have the money or ability to do and no more.Example sentences
- ‘We cut our coat according to our cloth,’ she says.
- We have to cut our coat according to our cloth, we have to do the best we can with what we have got.
- 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.
have one's work cut out
- see work.
make the cut
- Golf Equal or better a required score, thus avoiding elimination from the last two rounds of a four-round tournament.Example sentences
- ‘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.
- 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
- Golf Fail to equal or better a required score, thus being eliminated from the last two rounds of a four-round tournament.Example sentences
- The following year, in his second last tournament as an amateur, he missed the cut after rounds of 81 and 75.
- 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.
- 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.
- Isn't it customary to ask the person's dancing partner before cutting in?
- He eventually came to his senses and cut in between my dancing partner and I.
- During slow song number four a red-haired girl asked to cut in.
- Imagine cruising along at 200 km/h plus when a vehicle travelling at 160 cuts in front of you.
- 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.
- 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.
- Nerves began cutting in and he shuffled his feet.
- 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.
- So this morning, my high-speed Internet connection suddenly begins cutting in and out, mostly out.
cut someone in
- informal Include someone in a deal and give them a share of the profits.Example sentences
- I'm guessing the real violation here was not cutting him in for his fair share of 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.
- 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.
- Interrupt the course of: Victoria’s words cut into her thoughtsMore example sentences
- They cut into course tutor time and need costly equipment and materials to make them of value to the young people.
- It must be the margaritas, but I think it also has something to do with cutting into Krum's writing time.
- I'll probably take it again someday, but not when it is cutting into my walking and socializing time.
cut someone off
- Interrupt someone while they are speaking.Example sentences
- And I will be insufferable here and cut you off, take a break.
- ‘Wait a minute,’ Matt cut her off, sounding serious now.
- 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.
- 4.1Interrupt someone during a telephone call by breaking the connection: I listened to prerecorded messages for twenty-three minutes before being cut offMore example sentences
- 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.
- The machine cut her off then (thank god) the whirring stopped.
- 4.2Prevent someone from receiving or being provided with something, especially power or water: consumers were cut off for nonpaymentMore example sentences
- 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.
- 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.
- 4.3Reject someone as one’s heir; disinherit someone: Gabrielle’s family cut her off without a pennyMore example sentences
- So after the Gulf War they cut him 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.
- Well maybe I wouldn't have to work here if you hadn't cut me off without a penny!
- 4.4Prevent someone from having access to somewhere or someone; isolate someone from something they previously had connections with: we were cut off from realityMore example sentences
- Traffic along 16th Ave was very backed up and congested as access to Memorial Drive was cut off.
- 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.
- 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.
- informal4.5 (Of a driver) overtake someone and pull in too closely in front of them.Example sentences
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Dilger said that he could remember little of the accident, only that his engine had cut out and that the brakes had failed.
- Most probably because of electrical problems, the engine then started cutting out.
- Now, what happens when the engine cuts out at altitude?
- 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.
cut someone out
- Exclude someone: his mother cut him out of her willMore example sentences
- He refused to provide his name but reassured me that Lara had been cut out of the film.
- This photo may undercut her assertion that she was cut out of the loop.
- Relationships between them are frosty, Morton claiming she was cut out of the promotional loop when they returned from America.
- ‘She was kind of getting a little antsy in there, there was a couple of horses cutting up,’ Bourque said.
cut someone up
- North American informal Criticize someone severely: my kids cut him up about his appetite all the timeMore example sentences
- Finally, after I got through with him, he took it out on Cory by cutting her up.
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'.
There is evidence for the verb cut from the end of the 13th century. It may well have existed before that in Old English, but there are no written examples to prove it. You say something is cut and dried when it is completely settled or decided. There used to be a distinction between the cut and dried herbs sold in herbalists' shops and those that had been freshly gathered. The cut of someone's jib is their appearance or expression. A jib is a triangular sail set forward of the mast on a sailing ship or boat. Its proportions were variable and the characteristic shape of a particular jib helped to identify a ship. Hence the term came to be applied to the impression given by a person's appearance. Something cuts the mustard when it comes up to expectations or meets the required standard. In early 20th-century US slang mustard had the meaning ‘the best of anything’. Cut to the chase, meaning ‘come to the point’, comes from film-making. The idea is of moving straight to the most exciting part.
Words that rhyme with cutabut, but, butt, glut, gut, hut, intercut, jut, Mut, mutt, phut, putt, rut, scut, shortcut, shut, slut, smut, strut, tut, undercut
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