(intr) to be contrary to ordinary procedure or limitations: opinion on European integration still cuts clean across party lines
to cross or traverse, making a shorter route: she cut across the field quickly
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How to use cut across in a sentence
What he called a “sex ring” cut across all of Hollywood: “studios, agents, directors, producers, and actors,” Herman said.Third Hollywood Power Player Files Motion to Dismiss Sex Abuse Lawsuit | Tim Teeman | May 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
However, in trying to cut across a flooded rice field, he and his friends are bogged down.The Chechen Grievance: Tolstoy’s ‘Hadji Murad’ After Boston | Benjamin Lytal | April 21, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Yes, Republicans hated Clinton, but he was Southern and enough of a good old boy that he cut across those lines to some extent.
Recovering addict Tony Rogers talks about the hidden train tracks that cut across Kensington.
In the springtime for Iraq, a nationalist-secular party that cut across the Sunni-Shiite divide did remarkably well.
He has an ugly scar—a knife-cut—across the back of one hand; you can't mistake him if you get sight of him.Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
I made a short cut across the graveyard of Saint Francis, or I must have met the escort.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
They came to a place where the river made a wide bend and they cut across it, clear of the trees.The Stars, My Brothers | Edmond Hamilton
A number of slots are cut across one side of the can, and the lower edge of each slot slightly turned out to form a cutting edge.The Boy Mechanic, Book 2 | Various
Bernard's farm is cut across by the Port Royal road, the old road to Richmond, and by the railroad.The Boys of '61 | Charles Carleton Coffin.
Other Idioms and Phrases with 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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