There are 2 main definitions of cut up in English:

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1North American informal Behave in a mischievous or unruly manner: kids cutting up in a classroom
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  • ‘She was kind of getting a little antsy in there, there was a couple of horses cutting up,’ Bourque said.
2 informal (Of a horse race) have a particular selection of runners: the race has cut up badly with no other opposition from England
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There are 2 main definitions of cut up in English:

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adjective

[predicative]
1(Of soft ground) rutted and uneven after the passage of heavy vehicles or animals.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
2 informal (Of a person) very distressed: she was pretty cut up about them leaving
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  • 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.
  • 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'm too cut up about the whole thing and I'm not entirely sure that they understand just how much hurt they have caused.
Synonyms
upset, distressed, miserable, unhappy, sad, troubled, dismayed, saddened, grieved, hurt, devastated, traumatized
informal in a state, in a bad way

noun

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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
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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
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  • 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.
  • I wished suddenly I had been more of a class cutup.
  • 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.

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