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A cut in rates

  • (Railroad), a reduction in fare, freight charges, etc., below the established rates.
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A short cut

  • a cross route which shortens the way and cuts off a circuitous passage.
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Automatic expansion gearcut-off

  • one that is regulated by the governor, and varies the supply of steam to the engine with the demand for power.
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brush cut

  • noun a short haircut with hairs standing up like a brush
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budget cut

  • noun the act of reducing budgeted expenditures
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clean-cut

  • adjective satellite neat and smart in appearance
    trim; trig.
    • a clean-cut and well-bred young man
    • the trig corporal in his jaunty cap
    • a trim beard
  • adjective satellite clear and distinct to the senses; easily perceptible
    clear; clean-cut.
    • as clear as a whistle
    • clear footprints in the snow
    • the letter brought back a clear image of his grandfather
    • a spire clean-cut against the sky
    • a clear-cut pattern
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Clean"-cut` adjective
Definitions
  1. See Clear-cut.
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clear-cut

  • verb remove all the trees at one time
    • clear-cut an acre of forest
  • adjective satellite clearly or sharply defined to the mind
    distinct; trenchant.
    • clear-cut evidence of tampering
    • Claudius was the first to invade Britain with distinct...intentions of conquest
    • trenchant distinctions between right and wrong
  • adjective satellite having had all the trees removed at one time
    • clear-cut hillsides are subject to erosion
  • adjective satellite clear and distinct to the senses; easily perceptible
    clear; clean-cut.
    • as clear as a whistle
    • clear footprints in the snow
    • the letter brought back a clear image of his grandfather
    • a spire clean-cut against the sky
    • a clear-cut pattern
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Clear"-cut` adjective
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  1. Having a sharp, distinct outline, like that of a cameo.
    She has . . . a cold and clear-cut face. Tennyson.
  2. Concisely and distinctly expressed.
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cold cuts

  • noun sliced assorted cold meats
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cost cutting

  • noun the act of cutting costs
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crew cut

  • noun a closely cropped haircut; usually for men
    flattop.
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Cross-cut file

  • a file having two sets of teeth crossing obliquely.
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cut across

  • verb travel across or pass over
    traverse; track; pass over; get across; cover; cross; get over; cut across.
    • The caravan covered almost 100 miles each day
  • verb be contrary to ordinary procedure or limitations
    • Opinions on bombing the Serbs cut across party lines
  • verb cut using a diagonal line
    crosscut.
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Cut and dried

  • prepered beforehand; not spontaneous.
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cut away

  • verb move quickly to another scene or focus when filming
    • `cut away now!' the director shouted
  • verb remove by cutting off or away
    • cut away the branch that sticks out
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cut back

  • verb return in time
    flash back.
    • the film cut back to an earlier event in the story
  • verb cut down on; make a reduction in
    trim; cut; cut back; bring down; reduce; trim down; trim back.
    • reduce your daily fat intake
    • The employer wants to cut back health benefits
  • verb cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of
    trim; prune; clip; crop; snip; lop; dress.
    • dress the plants in the garden
  • verb place restrictions on
    restrict; curtail; curb.
    • curtail drinking in school
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cut corners

  • verb do something the cheapest or easiest way
    • Cut corners to make a cheaper product
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cut down

  • verb cut down on; make a reduction in
    trim; cut; cut back; bring down; reduce; trim down; trim back.
    • reduce your daily fat intake
    • The employer wants to cut back health benefits
  • verb cut with sweeping strokes; as with an ax or machete
    slash.
  • verb cause to come or go down
    down; knock down; push down; pull down.
    • The policeman downed the heavily armed suspect
    • The mugger knocked down the old lady after she refused to hand over her wallet
  • verb intercept (a player)
    cut down.
  • verb cut with a blade or mower
    mow.
    • mow the grass
  • verb cause to fall by or as if by delivering a blow
    drop; fell; strike down.
    • strike down a tree
    • Lightning struck down the hikers
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Cut glass

  • noun glass decorated by cutting or grinding facets
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  • glass having a surface ground and polished in facets or figures.
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cut in

  • verb allow someone to have a share or profit
  • verb drive in front of another vehicle leaving too little space for that vehicle to maneuver comfortably
  • verb break into a conversation
    put in; barge in; butt in; chisel in; break in; chime in.
    • her husband always chimes in, even when he is not involved in the conversation
  • verb interrupt a dancing couple in order to take one of them as one's own partner
    • Jim always cuts in!
  • verb mix in with cutting motions
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cut into

  • verb turn up, loosen, or remove earth
    delve; dig; turn over.
    • Dig we must
    • turn over the soil for aeration
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Cut nail

  • a nail cut by machinery from a rolled plate of iron, in distinction from a wrought nail.
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cut of beef

  • noun cut of meat from beef cattle
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cut of lamb

  • noun cut of meat from a lamb
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cut of meat

  • noun a piece of meat that has been cut from an animal carcass
    cut.
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cut of mutton

  • noun cut of meat from a mature sheep
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cut of pork

  • noun cut of meat from a hog or pig
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cut of veal

  • noun cut of meat from a calf
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cut off

  • verb make a break in
    interrupt; disrupt; break up.
    • We interrupt the program for the following messages
  • verb cease, stop
    cut.
    • cut the noise
    • We had to cut short the conversation
  • verb remove by or as if by cutting
    chop off; lop off.
    • cut off the ear
    • lop off the dead branch
  • verb cut off and stop
    cut off.
    • The bicyclist was cut out by the van
  • verb break a small piece off from
    knap; chip; break off.
    • chip the glass
    • chip a tooth
  • verb remove surgically
    amputate.
    • amputate limbs
  • adjective satellite detached by cutting
    severed.
    • cut flowers
    • a severed head
    • an old tale of Anne Bolyn walking the castle walls with her poor cut-off head under her arm
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cut out

  • verb delete or remove
    • Cut out the extra text
    • cut out the newspaper article
  • verb form and create by cutting out
    • Picasso cut out a guitar from a piece of paper
  • verb cut off and stop
    cut off.
    • The bicyclist was cut out by the van
  • verb strike or cancel by or as if by rubbing or crossing out
    scratch out.
    • scratch out my name on that list
  • verb intercept (a player)
    cut down.
  • verb cease operating
    • The pump suddenly cut out
  • adjective satellite having been cut out
    • the cut-out pieces of the dress
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cut price

  • noun a price below the standard price
    cut price; cheapness; bargain rate.
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cut rate

  • noun a price below the standard price
    cut price; cheapness; bargain rate.
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cut short

  • verb interrupt before its natural or planned end
    break off; break short.
    • We had to cut short our vacation
  • verb cause to end earlier than intended
    • The spontaneous applause cut the singer short
  • verb make shorter as if by cutting off
    truncate.
    • truncate a word
    • Erosion has truncated the ridges of the mountains
  • verb terminate or abbreviate before its intended or proper end or its full extent
    curtail; clip.
    • My speech was cut short
    • Personal freedom is curtailed in many countries
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Cut stone

  • stone hewn or chiseled to shape after having been split from the quarry.
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cut through

  • verb travel across or pass over
    traverse; track; pass over; get across; cover; cross; get over; cut across.
    • The caravan covered almost 100 miles each day
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cut to

  • verb move to another scene when filming
    • The camera cut to the sky
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cut to ribbons

  • verb defeat totally
    • We must cut the other team to ribbons!
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cut up

  • verb cut to pieces
    carve.
    • Father carved the ham
  • verb destroy or injure severely
    mutilate; mangle.
    • The madman mutilates art work
  • verb separate into isolated compartments or categories
    compartmentalise; compartmentalize.
    • You cannot compartmentalize your life like this!
  • verb significantly cut up a manuscript
    hack.
  • adjective satellite cut into pieces
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cut-and-dried

  • adjective satellite according to ordinary expectations
    cut-and-dried.
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cut-and-dry

  • adjective satellite according to ordinary expectations
    cut-and-dried.
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cut-and-thrust

  • noun fighting with knives
    snickersnee; knife fight.
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cut-in

  • noun (broadcasting) a local announcement inserted into a network program
    insert.
  • noun (film) a still picture that is introduced and that interrupts the action of a film
    insert.
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cut-off

Cut"-off` noun
Definitions
  1. That which cuts off or shortens, as a nearer passage or road.
  2. (Mach.) (a) The valve gearing or mechanism by which steam is cut off from entering the cylinder of a steam engine after a definite point in a stroke, so as to allow the remainder of the stroke to be made by the expansive force of the steam already let in. See Expansion gear, under Expansion. (b) Any device for stopping or changing a current, as of grain or water in a spout.
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cut-out

Cut"-out` noun
Definitions
  1. (Telegraphy) A species of switch for changing the current from one circuit to another, or for shortening a circuit.
  2. (Elec.) A divice for breaking or separating a portion of circuit.
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cut-price

  • adjective satellite costing less than standard price
    cut-price; bargain-priced.
    • buying bargain-priced clothes for the children
    • cut-rate goods
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cut-rate

  • adjective satellite costing less than standard price
    cut-price; bargain-priced.
    • buying bargain-priced clothes for the children
    • cut-rate goods
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cut-rate sale

  • noun an occasion (usually brief) for buying at specially reduced prices
    sale; sales event.
    • they held a sale to reduce their inventory
    • I got some great bargains at their annual sale
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cut-up

  • noun someone who plays practical jokes on others
    prankster; trickster; tricker; practical joker; hoaxer.
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cutting angle

  • noun the angle between the face of a cutting tool and the surface of the work
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cutting board

  • noun a wooden board where meats or vegetables can be cut
    chopping board.
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cutting edge

  • noun the position of greatest importance or advancement; the leading position in any movement or field
    vanguard; forefront.
    • the Cotswolds were once at the forefront of woollen manufacturing in England
    • the idea of motion was always to the forefront of his mind and central to his philosophy
  • noun the sharp cutting side of the blade of a knife
    knife edge.
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cutting implement

  • noun a tool used for cutting or slicing
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cutting off

  • noun the act of cutting something off
    abscission.
  • noun the act of shortening something by chopping off the ends
    cutting; cut.
    • the barber gave him a good cut
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cutting out

  • noun surgical removal of a body part or tissue
    extirpation; excision; ablation.
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cutting room

  • noun a room where films or tapes are edited (by cutting out unwanted parts)
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cutting tool

  • noun a cutting implement; a tool for cutting
    cutlery; cutter.
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cutting-edge

  • adjective satellite in accord with the most fashionable ideas or style
    with-it; up-to-date.
    • wears only the latest style
    • the last thing in swimwear
    • cutting-edge technology
    • a with-it boutique
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draw-cut

Draw"-cut` noun
Definitions
  1. A single cut with a knife.
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final cut

  • noun the final edited version of a movie as approved by the director and producer
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Fine cut

  • fine cut tobacco; a kind of chewing tobacco cut up into shreds.
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Fixed expansion gear, ∨ Fixed cut-off

  • one that always operates at the same fixed point of the stroke.
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fresh-cut

  • adjective satellite cut recently
    • fresh-cut flowers
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Glass cutting

  • . (a) The act or process of dividing glass, as sheets of glass into panes with a diamond. (b) The act or process of shaping the surface of glass by appylying it to revolving wheels, upon which sand, emery, and, afterwards, polishing powder, are applied; especially of glass which is shaped into facets, tooth ornaments, and the like. Glass having ornamental scrolls, etc., cut upon it, is said to be engraved.
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Governor cut-off

  • (Steam Engine), a variable cut-off gear in which the governor acts in such a way as to cause the steam to be cut off from entering the cylinder at points of the stroke dependent upon the engine's speed.
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jump cut

  • noun an immediate transition from one scene to another
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leaf-cutting bee

  • noun bee that cuts rounded pieces from leaves and flowers to line its nest
    leaf-cutter bee; leaf-cutter.
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lickety cut

  • adverb without delay
    lickety split.
    • she tackled the job lickety-split
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low-cut

  • adjective satellite (of a garment) having a low-cut neckline
    decollete; low-necked.
    • a low-cut neckline
  • adjective satellite having a low-cut back
    • a backless dress
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metal-cutting

  • adjective satellite hard and sharp enough to cut metal
    • metal-cutting tools
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pay cut

  • noun the act of reducing a salary
    pay cut.
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press cutting

  • noun an excerpt cut from a newspaper or magazine
    press clipping; clipping; cutting; newspaper clipping.
    • he searched through piles of letters and clippings
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price cut

  • noun cutting the price of merchandise to one lower than the usual or advertised price
    price cut.
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price cutting

  • noun cutting the price of merchandise to one lower than the usual or advertised price
    price cut.
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rose-cut

Rose"-cut` adjective
Definitions
  1. Cut flat on the reverse, and with a convex face formed of triangular facets in rows; -- said of diamonds and other precious stones. See Rose diamond, under Rose. Cf. Brilliant, n.
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rough cut

  • noun the first print of a movie after preliminary editing
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rough-cut

  • adjective satellite lacking refinement or cultivation or taste
    uncouth; vulgar; coarse; common.
    • he had coarse manners but a first-rate mind
    • behavior that branded him as common
    • an untutored and uncouth human being
    • an uncouth soldier--a real tough guy
    • appealing to the vulgar taste for violence
    • the vulgar display of the newly rich
  • adjective satellite of stone or timber; shaped roughly without finishing
    roughhewn.
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salary cut

  • noun the act of reducing a salary
    pay cut.
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screw-cutting

Screw"-cut`ting adjective
Definitions
  1. Adapted for forming a screw by cutting; as, a screw-cutting lathe.
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Second-cut file

  • a file having teeth of a grade next finer than bastard.
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sharp-cut

Sharp-cut` adjective
Definitions
  1. Cut sharply or definitely, or so as to make a clear, well-defined impression, as the lines of an engraved plate, and the like; clear-cut; hence, having great distinctness; well-defined; clear.
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Side cut

  • a canal or road branching out from the main one. U.S.
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Single-cut file

  • . See the Note under 4th File.
  • a file having only one set of parallel teeth; a float.
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spending cut

  • noun the act of reducing spending
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sword-cut

  • noun a scar from a cut made by a sword
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tax cut

  • noun the act of reducing taxation
    • the new administration's large tax cut was highly controversial
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The cut of one's jib

  • the general appearance of a person. Colloq.
  • one's outward appearance. Colloq.
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To come off, To cut off, To fall off, To go off

  • etc. See under Come, Cut, Fall, Go, etc.
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To come out, To cut out, To fall out

  • etc. See under Come, Cut, Fall, etc.
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To come short, To cut short, To fall short

  • etc. See under Come, Cut, etc.
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To cut a caper

  • to frolic; to make a sportive spring; to play a prank.
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To cut a curlycue

  • to make a flourish; to cut a caper.
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To cut a dasha figure

  • to make a display. Colloq.
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To cut a dido

  • to play a trick; to cut a caper; perhaps so called from the trick of Dido, who having bought so much land as a hide would cover, is said to have cut it into thin strips long enough to inclose a spot for a citadel.
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To cut a feather

  • . (a) (Naut.) To make the water foam in moving; in allusion to the ripple which a ship throws off from her bows. (b) To make one's self conspicuous. Colloq.
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To cut a figure

  • to make a display. Colloq. Sir W. Scott.
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To cut a play

  • (Drama), to shorten it by leaving out passages, to adapt it for the stage.
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To cut across

  • to pass over or through in the most direct way; as, to cut across a field.
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To cut and run

  • to make off suddenly and quickly; from the cutting of a ship's cable, when there is not time to raise the anchor. Colloq.
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To cut down

  • . (a) To sever and cause to fall; to fell; to prostrate. "Timber . . . cut down in the mountains of Cilicia." Knolles. (b) To put down; to abash; to humble, Obs "So great is his natural eloquence, that he cuts doun the finest orator." Addison (c) To lessen; to retrench; to curtail; as, to cut down expenses. (d) (Naut.) To raze; as, to cut down a frigate into a sloop.
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To cut ininto

  • to interrupt; to jont an anything suddenly.
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To cut lots

  • to determine lots by cuttings cards; to draw lots.
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To cut off

  • . (a) To sever; to separate.
    I would to God, . . . The king had cut off my brother's. Shak.
    (b) To put an untimely death; to put an end to; to destroy. "Irenus was likewise cut off by martyrdom." Addison. (c) To interrupt; as, to cut off communication; to cut off (the flow of) steam from (the boiler to) a steam engine. (d) To intercept; as,, to cut off an enemy's retreat. (e) To end; to finish; as, to cut off further debate.
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To cut one's eyeteeth

  • to become acute or knowing. Colloq.
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To cut one's stick, ∨ To cut stick

  • to run away. Slang De Quincey.
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To cut one's wisdom teeth

  • to come to years of discretion.
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To cut out

  • . (a) To remove by cutting or carving; as, to cut out a piece from a board. (b) To shape or form by cutting; as, to cut out a garment. " A large forest cut out into walks." Addison. (c) To scheme; to contrive; to prepare; as, to cut out work for another day. "Every man had cut out a place for himself." Addison. (d) To step in and take the place of; to supplant; as, to cut out a rival. Colloq. (e) To debar. "I am cut out from anything but common acknowledgments." Pope. (f) To seize and carry off (a vessel) from a harbor, or from under the guns of an enemy.
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To cut rates

  • (Railroads, etc.), to reduce the charges for transportation below the rates established between competing lines.
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To cut short

  • to arrest or check abruptly; to bring to a sudden termination. "Achilles cut him short, and thus replied." Dryden.
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To cut stick

  • to make off clandestinely or precipitately. Slang
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To cut teeth

  • to put forth teeth; to have the teeth pierce through the gum and appear.
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To cut the cards

  • to divide a pack of cards into portions, in order to determine the deal or the trump, or to change the cards to be dealt.
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To cut the knotthe Gordian knot

  • to dispose of a difficulty summarily; to solve it by prompt, arbitrary action, rather than by skill or patience.
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To cut to pieces

  • . (a) To cut into pieces; as, to cut cloth to pieces. (b) To slaughter; as, to cut an army to pieces.
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To cut under

  • to undersell; as, to cut under a competitor in trade.
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To cut up

  • . (a) To cut to pieces; as, to cut up an animal, or bushes. (b) To damage or destroy; to injure; to wound; as, to cut up a book or its author by severe criticism. "This doctrine cuts up all government by the roots." Locke. (c) To afflict; to discourage; to demoralize; as, the death of his friend cut him up terribly. Colloq. Thackeray.
  • . (a) To play pranks. Colloq. (b) To divide into portions well or ill; to have the property left at one's death turn out well or poorly when divided among heirs, legatees, etc. Slang. "When I die, may I cut up as well as Morgan Pendennis."
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To cut up shines

  • to play pranks. Slang, U.S.
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To draw cuts

  • to draw lots, as of paper, etc., cut unequal lengths.
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To draw cutslots

  • . See under Cut, n.
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To have cut one's eyeteeth

  • to be sharp and knowing. Colloq.
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wide-cut

  • adjective satellite having ample fabric
    wide; full.
    • the current taste for wide trousers
    • a full skirt
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Wood cut

  • an engraving on wood; also, a print from such an engraving.
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