- to stop (a scene or shot being filmed).
- to edit (a film).
- to divide (a pack of cards) at random into two or more parts, by removing cards from the top.
- to take (a card) from a deck.
- to shift suddenly from one shot to another: Cut to the barroom interior.
- to stop the action of a scene: used as a command by a director.
- interfere (def. 5).
- to separate a specific animal from a herd of cattle.
- the act of cutting a ball.
- the spin imparted.
- Also cut down on. to lessen; decrease: to cut down on between-meal snacks.
- to strike and cause to fall: The first force to attempt an advance was swiftly cut down.
- to destroy, kill, or disable:The hurricane cut down everything in its path.
- to remodel, remake, or reduce in size, as a garment: She had her old coat cut down to fit her daughter.
- to move or thrust oneself, a vehicle, etc., abruptly between others: A speeding car cut in and nearly caused an accident.
- to interpose; interrupt: to cut in with a remark.
- Informal. to interrupt a dancing couple in order to dance with one of them.
- to blend (shortening) into flour by means of a knife.
- to intercept.
- to interrupt.
- to stop suddenly; discontinue.
- to halt the operation of; turn off.
- to shut off or shut out.
- to disinherit.
- to sever; separate.
- to omit; delete; excise.
- to oust and replace a rival; supplant.
- to part an animal from a herd.
- to plan; arrange: He has his work cut out for him.
- to move out of one's lane of traffic.
- Also cut on out. Slang. to leave suddenly.
- Informal. to refrain from; stop: to cut out smoking.
- (of an engine, machine, etc.) to stop running.
- to cut into pieces or sections.
- to lacerate; wound.
- to distress mentally; injure.
- Informal. to play pranks; misbehave: They were scolded for cutting up in church.
Idioms about cut
- cut a caper.
- to give a certain impression of oneself: He cut a distinguished figure in his tuxedo.
- Nautical. to cut the anchor cable and set sail, as in an emergency.
- to leave as hurriedly as possible; flee.
- to shorten by cutting off the end.
- to curtail or discontinue: Steel production has been cut back in recent months.
- to return to an earlier episode or event, as in the plot of a novel.
- Football. to reverse direction suddenly by moving in the diagonally opposite course.
- to achieve or maintain a desired level of performance: The aging football player decided he couldn't cut it any longer and retired.
- to be effective or successful; satisfy a need.
Origin of cut
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What is a basic definition of cut?
Cut is a verb that means to use a sharp tool on something, to stop, or to reduce. The word cut has many other senses as a verb, adjective, and noun.
To cut something is to use a sharp tool to chop, sever, slice, or divide something. Cut has several different specific senses depending on the tool being used. For example, when you use scissors to cut hair, you are snipping pieces of hair off. When you use a knife to cut a cake, you are carefully dividing the cake into pieces. A person that cuts something is called a cutter.
- Real-life examples: Scissors, knives, scalpels, saws, swords, axes, and lawnmowers are some tools that are used to cut things.
- Used in a sentence: Be careful that you don’t cut your hand with that sharp knife.
Cut is used in a similar sense as a noun to mean something that is caused by cutting (such as a wound) or a piece that has been cut from something.
- Used in a sentence: I was fooling around with the saw and got a bad cut on my leg.
He reached in and grabbed the biggest cut of the pie.
Informally, cut is used as a verb to mean to stop doing something.
- Used in a sentence: I need you to cut the jokes and start being serious.
Cut can also mean to lower or reduce something. This sense of cut is sometimes followed by the word down.
- Real-life examples: Prices can be cut (lowered). Your homework can be cut down (reduced in the amount you have). A speech can be cut (reduced in length). Many people cut calories (reduce the number of calories they eat) when trying to lose weight.
- Used in a sentence: We tried to cut costs by using cheaper wood.
Where does cut come from?
The first records of cut come from around 1175. It likely comes from the Old English cyttan and could be related to the Old Swedish kotta, meaning “to cut,” or the Old Norse kuti, meaning “small knife.”
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Cut is an extremely common word that generally means to use a sharp tool on something.
I WAS CLEANING THE INSIDE OF MY BLENDER AND IT CUT MY FINGER 😭😭😭
— 𝒜𝓀𝒶𝓇𝒾⁹⁹ 💌 13k no Suzu 😭💔 (@kohahisas) January 9, 2021
Sometimes you gotta be tough on yourself and cut the complaining, stop the excuses and be determined to succeed. 💪
— Now We Are Warriors (@nowearewarriors) June 5, 2014
American Eagle needs to cut the prices down on their jeans cause I'm gonna go broke 😅
— clara (@clara18__) August 4, 2017
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How to use cut in a sentence
For example, the Postal Service routinely mothballs sorting machines to cut out excess capacity, USPS officials have said.Federal judge issues temporary injunction against USPS operational changes amid concerns about mail slowdowns|Elise Viebeck, Jacob Bogage|September 17, 2020|Washington Post
The president, for his part, has described many of those critical as “disgruntled former employees” who were not cut out for his administration.
Tech’s coveted internships were some of the first roles to be cut as offices closed and businesses shuttered in response to the coronavirus.Forage, formerly InsideSherpa, raises $9.3 million Series A for virtual work experiences|Natasha Mascarenhas|September 17, 2020|TechCrunch
A new app promises to use cutting-edge science and technology to tell you if you’re right.What’s your biological age? A new app promises to reveal it—and help you slow the aging process|Jeremy Kahn|September 17, 2020|Fortune
The company, which employs about 2,800 people, plans to make a one-time payment of $20,000 to those who decide to leave San Francisco, New York, or Seattle, according to Bloomberg—though it also plans to cut their base salaries by as much as 10%.
In this cockamamie get-rich scheme, would they all issue an apology if he cut a check?
My understanding was that according to most Christian beliefs, being trans or gay was a sin, cut and dry.Dear Leelah, We Will Fight On For You: A Letter to a Dead Trans Teen|Parker Molloy|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Crew members had to cut through the ice on the streets to get shots.Speed Read: The Juiciest Bits From the History of ‘Purple Rain’|Jennie Yabroff|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
In response to the screen quota cut, South Korea established a “cinema tax” on the box office.
Supported by Washington, the domestic quota was cut from 90 days to 30.
If the "Y" Beach lot press their advantage they may cut off the enemy troops on the toe of the Peninsula.
At the reserve bank they may borrow as a standing right and not as a favor which may be cut off.Readings in Money and Banking|Chester Arthur Phillips
It occurred to him then, for the first time, that a third resource was open—he might cut the rope, and let the kite go free!The Giant of the North|R.M. Ballantyne
My thought was to keep pushing in troops from "W" Beach until the enemy had fallen back to save themselves from being cut off.
Levison's relations think he will cut up well at his death; Levison's relations are right.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
British Dictionary definitions for cut
- to call a halt to a shooting sequence
- (foll by to) to move quickly to another scene
- to divide (the pack) at random into two parts after shuffling
- (intr) to pick cards from a spread pack to decide dealer, partners, etc
- to skip or jump playfully
- to act or behave playfully; frolic
- to have both good and bad effects
- to affect both sides of something, as two parties in an argument, etc
- to use at an early age or stage
- to practise on
- Irish informal a person's general appearanceI didn't like the cut of him
- Irish derogatory a dirty or untidy conditionlook at the cut of your shoes
- the shape of the teeth of a file
- their coarseness or fineness
Word Origin for cut
Other Idioms and Phrases with cut
In addition to the idioms beginning with cut
- cut above
- cut across
- cut a deal
- cut adrift
- cut a long story short
- cut and dried
- cut and paste
- cut and run
- cut a wide swath
- cut back
- cut both ways
- cut capers
- cut class
- cut corners
- cut dead
- cut down
- cute as a button
- cut ice
- cut in
- cut into
- cut it
- cut it fine
- cut it out
- cut loose
- cut no ice
- cut off
- cut off one's nose to spite one's face
- cut off with a shilling
- cut of one's jib
- cut one's losses
- cut one's teeth on
- cut out
- cut out of whole cloth
- cut short
- cut someone dead
- cut someone's throat
- cut teeth
- cut the comedy
- cut the ground from under
- cut the mustard
- cut to the bone
- cut to the chase
- cut to the quick
- cut up
- (cut) down to size
- fish or cut bait
- have one's work cut out
- like a chicken with its head cut off
- make (cut) a long story short
- unkindest cut
- you could cut it with a knife