Cut meaning

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To penetrate with a sharp edge; strike a narrow opening in.
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To separate into parts with or as if with a sharp-edged instrument; sever.

Cut cloth with scissors.

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To sever the edges or ends of; shorten.

Cut one's hair.

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To fell by sawing; hew.
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To pass through or across; cross.

A sailboat cutting the water.

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(games) To divide (a deck of cards) into two parts, as in completing a shuffle or in exposing a card at random.
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To reduce the size, extent, or duration of; curtail or shorten.

Cut a payroll; cut a budget; cut the cooking time in half.

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To lessen the strength of; dilute.

Cut whiskey with water.

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To dissolve by breaking down the fat of.

Soap cuts grease.

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To injure the feelings of; hurt keenly.
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To refuse to speak to or recognize; snub.

Cut me dead at the party.

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To fail to attend purposely.

Cut a class.

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(informal) To cease; stop.

Cut the noise; cut an engine.

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To arrange or reach (an agreement).
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(slang) To be able to manage; handle successfully.

Couldn't cut the long hours anymore.

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To stop filming (a movie scene).
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To edit (a movie or audio recording).
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(vulgar slang) To expel (a discharge of intestinal gas).
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To make an incision or a separation.

Cut along the dotted line.

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To function as a sharp-edged instrument.
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To grow through the gums. Used of teeth.
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To injure someone's feelings.

A remark that cut without mercy.

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To change direction abruptly.

Cut to the left at the next intersection.

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(games) To divide a pack of cards into two parts, especially in order to make a chance decision or selection.
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To make an abrupt transition to another segment of film, video, or audio.

Cut from one shot to another.

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To be very astute and penetrating.

An analysis that cuts deep.

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To inflict self-injury by penetrating the skin with a sharp object.
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The act of cutting.
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The result of cutting, especially an opening or wound made by a sharp edge.
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A part that has been cut from a main body.

A cut of beef; a cut of cloth.

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A passage made by digging or probing.
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The elimination or removal of a part.

A cut in a speech.

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A reduction.

A cut in salary.

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(sports) The remainder of contestants in a competition, especially in golf, after some have been eliminated.

Did very well but still missed the cut.

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The style in which a garment is cut.

A suit of traditional cut.

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A haircut.
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(informal) A portion of profits or earnings; a share.
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A wounding remark; an insult.
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An unexcused absence, as from school or a class.
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A step in a scale of value or quality; degree.

A cut above the average.

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(baseball) A swing of a bat.
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(games) The act of dividing a deck of cards into two parts, as before dealing.
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One of the objects used in drawing lots.
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A transition between segments of film, video, or audio.
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A movie at a given stage in its editing.

Approved the final cut for distribution.

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A single selection of music from a recording, especially a phonograph recording.
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Having the ends or edges cut.

Admired his newly cut hair.

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Having been cut or clipped off.

Cut grass that blew in the wind.

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(printing) Having the page edge slit or trimmed. Used of a book.
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Ground to a specific shape.

Cut gemstones.

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(slang) Circumcised. Used of a man or boy.
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To make an opening in as with a sharp-edged instrument; pierce; incise; gash.
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To pierce, hit sharply, constrict, etc. so as to hurt.
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To hurt the feelings of.
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To grow (a new tooth making its way through the gum)
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To remove or divide into parts with a sharp-edged instrument; sever.
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To carve (meat)
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To cause to fall by severing; fell; hew.
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To mow or reap with a scythe, sickle, etc.
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To pass through or across; intersect; divide.

The path cuts the meadow diagonally.

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To castrate; geld.
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(informal) To pretend not to see or know (a person); snub.
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(informal) To stay away from (a school class, etc.) without being excused.
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(informal) To cause to stop operating.

Cut the engine.

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(slang) To stop; discontinue.

Cut the noise.

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(informal) To discharge from a job, release from a sports team, etc.
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To make shorter by severing the ends of (hair, branches, fingernails, etc.); trim; shear; pare.
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To dilute (alcohol, etc.)
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To dissolve or break up the fat globules of.

Lye cuts grease.

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To make, do, form, or decorate by or as by cutting.
  • To make (an opening, clearing, channel, etc.) by incising, drilling, hacking, or excavating.
  • To engrave; inscribe.
  • To type or otherwise mark (a stencil) for mimeographing.
  • To trim cloth so as to form the parts for (a garment)
  • To edit (film) by deleting some scenes and assembling others into a desired sequence.
  • To hit, drive, or throw (a ball) so that it spins.
  • To cause (a wheel) to turn sharply.
  • To make a recording of (a speech, music, etc.) on (a phonograph record)
  • To shape (a diamond), as by sawing or grinding.
  • (informal) To fill out.
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To do the work of a sharp-edged instrument; pierce, sever, gash, etc.
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To do cutting; work as a cutter.
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To take cutting; be severed, etc.

Pine cuts easily.

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To use an instrument that cuts.
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To cause pain by or as by sharp, piercing, or lashing strokes.

The wind cut through his thin clothes.

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(informal) To swing a bat, club, etc. at a ball.
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To change direction suddenly, as while running.
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To move swiftly.
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That has been cut.
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Made, formed, or decorated by cutting.
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Reduced; lessened.
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Castrated.
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(slang) Having a trim, athletic physique with well-defined muscles.
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(bot.) Having an indented edge; incised, as some leaves or petals.
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A cutting or being cut.
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A stroke or blow with a sharp-edged instrument, whip, etc.
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An opening, incision, wound, etc. made by a sharp-edged instrument.
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A piece or part cut off or out.
  • Any of the segments of the carcass of a meat animal.
  • A slice from such a segment.
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The edge or outline of something cut.
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A passage or channel cut or dug out or worn away.
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The style in which a thing is cut; fashion; form.

A stylish cut.

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An act, remark, etc. that hurts one's feelings.
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One of the bits of straw, stick, paper, etc. used in drawing lots to decide something.
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(informal) The act of snubbing or ignoring.
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(informal) An unauthorized absence from school, etc.
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(informal) A share, as of profits or loot.
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A band on a phonograph record.
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To penetrate with a sharp edge; strike a narrow opening in.
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To separate into parts with a sharp-edged instrument; sever.

Cut cloth with scissors.

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To sever the edges or ends of; shorten.

Cut one's hair.

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To have a new tooth grow through the gums.
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The act of cutting.
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The result of cutting, especially an opening or wound made by a sharp edge.
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(1) Remove. Delete. See cut and paste.
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(participial adjective) Having been cut.
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The pitcher threw a cut fastball that was slower than his usual pitch.

Cut brandy is a liquor made of brandy and hard grain liquor.

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(of a gem) Carved into a shape; not raw.
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(cricket, of a shot) Played with a horizontal bat to hit the ball backward of point.
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(bodybuilding) Having muscular definition in which individual groups of muscle fibers stand out among larger muscles.
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(informal) Circumcised.
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(Australia, New Zealand, slang) Emotionally hurt.
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Eliminated from consideration during a recruitment drive.
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Removed from a team roster.
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(slang, dated) Drunk; tipsy.
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(New Zealand) Intoxicated as a result of drugs or alcohol.
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An opening resulting from cutting.

Look at this cut on my finger!

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The act of cutting.

He made a fine cut with his sword.

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The result of cutting.

A smooth or clear cut.

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A notch, passage, or channel made by cutting or digging; a furrow; a groove.

A cut for a railroad.

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The lawyer took a cut of the profits.

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(cricket) A batsman's shot played with a swinging motion of the bat, to hit the ball backward of point.
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(cricket) Sideways movement of the ball through the air caused by a fast bowler imparting spin to the ball.
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The act or right of dividing a deck of playing cards.

The player next to the dealer makes a cut by placing the bottom half on top.

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The manner or style a garment etc. is fashioned in.

I like the cut of that suit.

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A slab, especially of meat.

That’s our finest cut of meat.

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(fencing) An attack made with a chopping motion of the blade, landing with its edge or point.
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A deliberate snub, typically a refusal to return a bow or other acknowledgement of acquaintance.
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A definable part, such as an individual song, of a recording, particularly of commercial records, audio tapes, CDs, etc.

The drummer on the last cut of their CD is not identified.

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(archaeology) A truncation, a context that represents a moment in time when other archaeological deposits were removed for the creation of some feature such as a ditch or pit.
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(graph theory) The partition of a graph’s vertices into two subgroups.
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A string of railway cars coupled together.
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An engraved block or plate; the impression from such an engraving.

A book illustrated with fine cuts.

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(slang, dated) The failure of a college officer or student to be present at any appointed exercise.
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A skein of yarn.

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To incise, to cut into the surface of something.
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(intransitive) To admit of incision or severance; to yield to a cutting instrument.
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(social) To separate, remove, reject or reduce.
  • To separate from prior association; to remove a portion of a recording during editing.
    Travis was cut from the team.
  • To reduce, especially intentionally.
    They're going to cut salaries by fifteen percent.
  • To absent oneself from (a class, an appointment, etc.).
    I cut fifth period to hang out with Angela.
  • To ignore as a social snub.
    After the incident at the dinner party, people started to cut him on the street.
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(intransitive, film, audio, usually as imperative) To cease recording activities.

After the actors read their lines, the director yelled "Cut!"

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(computing) To remove and place in memory for later use.

Select the text, cut it, and then paste it in the other application.

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(intransitive) To enter a queue in the wrong place.

One student kept trying to cut in front of the line.

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(intransitive) To intersect or cross in such a way as to divide in half or nearly so.

This road cuts right through downtown.

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(cricket) To make the ball spin sideways by running one's fingers down the side of the ball while bowling it.
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(intransitive) To change direction suddenly.

The football player cut to his left to evade a tackle.

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(intransitive) To divide a pack of playing cards into two.

If you cut then I'll deal.

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(slang) To write.

Cut orders; cut a check.

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(slang) To dilute a liquid, usually alcohol.

The bartender cuts his beer to save money and now it's all watery.

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To exhibit (a quality).
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Cut the engines when the plane comes to a halt!

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The definition of cut is having been divided by a sharp object or having been reduced.

An example of cut is a flower that has had its stem removed with scissors.

An example of cut is a football team that has had three players removed by the coach.

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Cut is defined as the act or result of removing or dividing with a sharp object.

An example of cut is a slice in the finger from a piece of paper.

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Cut means to divide with a sharp instrument.

An example of cut is to use scissors to divide a piece of paper in half.

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To mow, reap, or harvest.

Cut grain; cut grass.

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To have (a new tooth) grow through the gums.
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To injure (oneself) by penetrating the skin with a sharp object.
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To allow incision or severing.

Butter cuts easily.

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To go directly and often hastily.

Cut across a field.

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a cut above
  • One that is superior to another or others.
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(texas) cut a fat hog
  • To take on more than one is able to accomplish:
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cut and run
  • To leave an unsettled situation or abandon a risky enterprise.
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cut a wide swath
  • To make a big display; draw much attention.
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cut bait
  • To abandon an activity or enterprise.
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cut both ways
  • To have both favorable and unfavorable results or implications.
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cut corners
  • To do something in the easiest or most inexpensive way.
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cut from the same cloth
  • Similar or the same.
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(informal) cut it
  • To perform up to expectations or a required standard; be acceptable.
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cut loose
  • To speak or act without restraint:
    Cut loose with a string of curses.
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cut no ice
  • To make no effect or impression:
    An objection that cut no ice with management.
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cut off (one's) nose to spite (one's) face
  • To injure oneself in taking revenge against another.
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cut (one's) losses
  • To withdraw from a losing situation.
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cut (one's) teeth on
  • To learn or do as a beginner or at the start of one's career.
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cut short
  • To stop before the end; abbreviate.
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cut (someone) down to size
  • To deflate the self-importance of (someone).
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(vulgar slang) cut the cheese
  • To expel intestinal gas.
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cut the mustard
  • To perform up to expectations or to a required standard.
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cut to the chase
  • To get to the matter at hand.
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a cut above
  • somewhat better than
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cut across
  • to take a shorter course by going straight across as in a diagonal direction
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(slang) cut a deal
  • to reach an agreement; make a bargain
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cut a figure
  • to attract attention
  • to make a (specified kind of) showing or impression
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cut and dried
  • prepared or arranged beforehand; routine
  • lifeless; dull; boring
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cut and run
  • to flee a difficult situation
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cut back
  • to make shorter by cutting off the end
  • to reduce, decrease, or discontinue (production, personnel, etc.)
  • to go back to earlier narrative events, as in a novel or film
  • to change direction suddenly, as in football
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cut dead
  • to snub completely
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cut down
  • to cause to fall by cutting; fell
  • to kill, as by shooting
  • to reduce; lessen
  • to humiliate, humble, etc. by criticizing sharply
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cut down to size
  • to reduce the prestige or importance of
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cut in
  • to join in suddenly; break in on; interrupt
  • to interrupt a couple dancing in order to dance with one of them
  • to blend (shortening) into flour, etc. as with a knife
  • to put or bring in; introduce
  • to make a connection, as into an electrical circuit
  • to give a share to
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cut it
  • to do or perform satisfactorily or successfully
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(informal) cut it fine
  • to make exact calculations
  • to make exact distinctions
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cut it out
  • to stop doing what one is doing
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cut loose
  • to act or speak without self-control
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cut no ice
  • to make no impression
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cut off
  • to separate from other parts by cutting; sever
  • to stop abruptly
  • to shut off
  • to break in on; interrupt
  • to intercept
  • to disinherit
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cut out
  • to remove by cutting
  • to leave or take out; remove; omit; eliminate
  • to eliminate and take the place of (a rival)
  • to make or form by or as by cutting
  • to stop running
  • to discontinue; stop
  • fit or suited by nature
    Not cut out for academia.
  • to leave abruptly
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cut short
  • to stop abruptly before the end
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cut one's teeth on
  • to learn or use at an early age
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cut through
  • to penetrate or go through by cutting
  • to go straight through
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cut to the chase
  • to go directly to the essential element, without further preliminaries, delay, etc.
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cut up
  • to cut into pieces
  • to inflict cuts or lacerations on
  • to clown, joke, etc. to attract attention
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(informal) make the cut
  • to be among those remaining after others have been eliminated, as in a golf tournament
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Origin of cut

  • Middle English cutten

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English cutten, kitten, kytten, ketten, ("to cut"; compare Scots kut, kit (“to cut”)), from Old English *cyttan (“to cut”), from Proto-Germanic *kutjaną, *kuttaną (“to cut”), of uncertain origin, perhaps related to Proto-Germanic *kwetwą ("meat, flesh"; > Old Norse Old Norse kvett (“meat”)). Akin to Middle Swedish kotta ("to cut or carve with a knife"; > Swedish dialectal kåta, kuta (“to cut or chip with a knife”), Swedish kuta, kytti (“a knife”)), Norwegian kutte (“to cut”), Icelandic kuta (“to cut with a knife”), Old Norse kuti (“small knife”), Norwegian kyttel, kytel, kjutul (“pointed slip of wood used to strip bark”).

    From Wiktionary