verb (used with object), cut, cut·ting.
- 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.
verb (used without object), cut, cut·ting.
- 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.
- 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 got scolded for cutting up in church.
- 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
British Dictionary definitions for cut both ways
verb cuts, cutting or 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
Word Origin and History for cut both ways (1 of 2)
1520s, "gash, incision," from cut (v.); meaning "piece cut off" is from 1590s; sense of "a wounding sarcasm" is from 1560s.
Word Origin and History for cut both ways (1 of 2)
late 13c., possibly Scandinavian, from North Germanic *kut- (cf. Swedish dialectal kuta "to cut," kuta "knife," Old Norse kuti "knife"), or from Old French couteau "knife." Replaced Old English ceorfan (see carve (v.)), sniþan, and scieran (see shear). Meaning "to be absent without excuse" is British university slang from 1794. To cut a pack of cards is from 1590s. Related: Cutting.
Medicine definitions for cut both ways
Idioms and Phrases with cut both ways (1 of 2)
cut both ways
Have a mixed effect, have advantages and disadvantages. For example, Their solution will cut both ways; it'll take longer but is permanent. This metaphoric expression alludes to a double-edged sword. [c. 1600]
Idioms and Phrases with cut both ways (2 of 2)
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