Nearby words

  1. customs broker,
  2. customs union,
  3. custos,
  4. custos morum,
  5. custumal,
  6. cut a deal,
  7. cut a long story short,
  8. cut a wide swath,
  9. cut above,
  10. cut across

Idioms

Origin of cut

1175–1225; Middle English cutten, kytten, kitten, Old English *cyttan; akin to Old Swedish kotta to cut, Old Norse kuti little knife

Related forms

Synonym study

2. Cut, chop, hack, hew refer to giving a sharp blow or stroke. Cut is a general word for this: to cut the grass. To chop is to cut by giving repeated blows with something sharp, as an ax. To chop and to hew are practically interchangeable, but hew suggests keeping to a definite purpose: to chop or hew down a tree; to hew out a clearing. To hack is to cut or chop roughly and unevenly: to hack off a limb.

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British Dictionary definitions for cut it

cut

/ (kʌt) /

verb cuts, cutting or cut

adjective

noun


Word Origin for cut

C13: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Norwegian kutte to cut, Icelandic kuti small knife

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Word Origin and History for cut it
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Medicine definitions for cut it

cut

[ kŭt ]

v.

n.

The act of cutting.
The result of cutting, especially an opening or wound made by a sharp edge.

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Idioms and Phrases with cut it

cut it

1

Also, cut that. Stop, as in I won't stand for that—cut it! or If you don't cut that, I'll tell. [Slang; first half of 1800s] Also see cut it out.

2

Manage, tolerate, as in I don't know how he can cut it. [Slang; c. 1900]

3

Be effective, prove satisfactory, as in She's getting old and can no longer cut it. [Late 1900s] For a synonym see cut the mustard. Also see the subsequent entries beginning with cut it.

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

also see:

  • (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
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