cutup

[ kuht-uhp ]
/ ˈkʌtˌʌp /

noun Informal.

a prankster or show-off.

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Origin of cutup

First recorded in 1775–85; noun use of verb phrase cut up
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British Dictionary definitions for cutup

cut up

verb (tr, adverb)

noun cut-up

informal, mainly US a joker or prankster
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Idioms and Phrases with cutup

cut up

1

Divide into smaller parts, break the continuity of, as in These meetings have cut up my whole day. [c. 1800]

2

Severely censure or criticize, as in The reviewer cut up the book mercilessly. [Mid-1700s]

3

be cut up. Be distressed or saddened, as in I was terribly cut up when she left. [Mid-1800s] Charles Dickens used this idiom in A Christmas Carol (1844): “Scrooge was not so dreadfully cut up by the sad event.”

4

Behave in a playful, comic, or boisterous way, as in On the last night of camp the children usually cut up. [Late 1800s]

5

cut up rough. Act in a rowdy, angry, or violent way, as in After a beer or two the boys began to cut up rough. [Slang; first half of 1800s]

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