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
Examples from the Web for cuts
The young man weaves through clusters of bamboo and cuts a diagonal slash into a tree, positioning a hollow log at the end.
The transition is disconcerting since there are no other cuts of this sort in the picture.
Some cuts, a few slight character changes, an idea or two about putting some humor into the script.
Obama is widely believed to tap an ex-physicist who cuts military waste like a laser to become the next secretary of defense.Ashton Carter, the Wonk Who Would Lead the Pentagon|Shane Harris, Tim Mak|December 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
All the money from cuts to public education can go toward more tax breaks for hedge-fund types.Hunger Games Comes to New York State’s Public Schools|Zephyr Teachout|November 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It cuts with its end without any springing, and will on this account stand a very keen angle of cutting edge.Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II|Joshua Rose
She now cuts loose, regardless of the piano's intrinsic value and its associations to its owners.Cobb's Bill-of-Fare|Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
The shock affected Dean more seriously than his injuries, which were nothing worse than severe bruises and cuts.Swirling Waters|Max Rittenberg
He now cuts it off at the base with a piece of fine brass wire, fastened to a handle at either end.A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures and Mines|Andrew Ure
Such events, be it mentioned, were usually attended by cuts and in the higher spheres with even a half holiday.Skippy Bedelle|Owen Johnson
British Dictionary definitions for cuts (1 of 2)
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British Dictionary definitions for cuts (2 of 2)
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
Medicine definitions for cuts
Idioms and Phrases with cuts
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