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verb (preposition)

(intr) to be contrary to ordinary procedure or limitationsopinion on European integration still cuts clean across party lines
to cross or traverse, making a shorter routeshe cut across the field quickly

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cut across

Go beyond, transcend, as in The new regulations cut across class lines. This figurative use of cut across, which literally means “run through” or “intersect,” dates from the 1920s.

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