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cut

  

      vb   , cuts, cutting, cut  
1    to open up or incise (a person or thing) with a sharp edge or instrument; gash  
2    (of a sharp instrument) to penetrate or incise (a person or thing)  
3    to divide or be divided with or as if with a sharp instrument  
cut a slice of bread     
4    intr   to use a sharp-edged instrument or an instrument that cuts  
5    tr   to trim or prune by or as if by clipping  
to cut hair     
6    tr   to reap or mow (a crop, grass, etc.)  
7    tr   to geld or castrate  
8    tr; sometimes foll by: out   to make, form, or shape by cutting  
to cut a suit     
9    tr   to hollow or dig out; excavate  
to cut a tunnel through the mountain     
10    to strike (an object) sharply  
11    tr     (Sport)   to hit (a ball) with a downward slicing stroke so as to impart spin or cause it to fall short  
12      (Cricket)   to hit (the ball) to the off side, usually between cover and third man, with a roughly horizontal bat  
13    to hurt or wound the feelings of (a person), esp. by malicious speech or action  
14    tr  
Informal   to refuse to recognize; snub  
15    tr  
Informal   to absent oneself from (an activity, location, etc.), esp. without permission or in haste  
to cut class     
16    tr   to abridge, shorten, or edit by excising a part or parts  
17    tr; often foll by: down   to lower, reduce, or curtail  
to cut losses     
18    tr   to dilute or weaken  
heroin that was cut with nontoxic elements     
19    tr   to dissolve or break up  
to cut fat     
20    when intr, foll by: across or through   to cross or traverse  
the footpath cuts through the field     
21    intr   to make a sharp or sudden change in direction; veer  
22    to grow (teeth) through the gums or (of teeth) to appear through the gums  
23    intr     (Films)  
a    to call a halt to a shooting sequence  
b    foll by: to   to move quickly to another scene  
24      (Films)   to edit (film)  
25    tr   to switch off (a light, car engine, etc.)  
26    tr   (of a performer, recording company, etc.) to make (a record or tape of a song, concert, performance, etc.)  
27      (Cards)  
a    to divide (the pack) at random into two parts after shuffling  
b    intr   to pick cards from a spread pack to decide dealer, partners, etc.  
28    tr   to remove (material) from an object by means of a chisel, lathe, etc.  
29    tr   (of a tool) to bite into (an object)  
30    intr   (of a horse) to injure the leg just above the hoof by a blow from the opposite foot  
31    cut a caper or capers  
a    to skip or jump playfully  
b    to act or behave playfully; frolic  
32    cut both ways  
a    to have both good and bad effects  
b    to affect both sides of something, as two parties in an argument, etc.  
33    cut a dash   to behave or dress showily or strikingly; make a stylish impression  
34    cut (a person) dead  
Informal   to ignore (a person) completely  
35    cut a (good, poor, etc.) figure   to appear or behave in a specified manner  
36    cut and run  
Informal   to make a rapid escape  
37    cut it fine  
Informal   to allow little margin of time, space, etc.  
38    cut corners   to do something in the easiest or shortest way, esp. at the expense of high standards  
we could finish this project early only if we cut corners     
39    cut loose   to free or become freed from restraint, custody, anchorage, etc.  
40    cut no ice  
Informal   to fail to make an impression  
41    cut one's losses   to give up spending time, money, or energy on an unprofitable or unsuccessful activity  
42    cut one's teeth on  
Informal  
a    to use at an early age or stage  
b    to practise on  
      adj  
43    detached, divided, or separated by cutting  
44      (Botany)   incised or divided  
cut leaves     
45    made, shaped, or fashioned by cutting  
46    reduced or diminished by or as if by cutting  
cut prices     
47    gelded or castrated  
48    weakened or diluted  
49      (Brit)      a slang word for       drunk  
50    hurt; resentful  
51    cut and dried  
Informal   settled or arranged in advance  
52    cut lunch     (Austral. and N.Z.)   a sandwich lunch carried from home to work, school, etc.  
      n  
53    the act of cutting  
54    a stroke or incision made by cutting; gash  
55    a piece or part cut off, esp. a section of food cut from the whole  
a cut of meat     
56    the edge of anything cut or sliced  
57    a passage, channel, path, etc., cut or hollowed out  
58    an omission or deletion, esp. in a text, film, or play  
59    a reduction in price, salary, etc.  
60    a decrease in government finance in a particular department or area, usually leading to a reduction of services, staff numbers, etc.  
61       short for       power cut  
62      (Chiefly U.S. and Canadian)   a quantity of timber cut during a specific time or operation  
63    Informal   a portion or share  
64    Informal   a straw, slip of paper, etc., used in drawing lots  
65    the manner or style in which a thing, esp. a garment, is cut; fashion  
66   
a      (Irish)  
informal   a person's general appearance  
I didn't like the cut of him     
b      (Irish)  
derogatory   a dirty or untidy condition  
look at the cut of your shoes     
67    a direct route; short cut  
68       the U.S. name for       block       15  
69      (Sport)   the spin of a cut ball  
70      (Cricket)   a stroke made with the bat in a roughly horizontal position  
71      (Films)   an immediate transition from one shot to the next, brought about by splicing the two shots together  
72    Informal   an individual piece of music on a record; track  
73    words or an action that hurt another person's feelings  
74    a refusal to recognize an acquaintance; snub  
75    Informal     (chiefly U.S.)   an unauthorized absence, esp. from a school class  
76      (Chem)   a fraction obtained in distillation, as in oil refining  
77    the metal removed in a single pass of a machine tool  
78   
a    the shape of the teeth of a file  
b    their coarseness or fineness  
79      (Brit)   a stretch of water, esp. a canal  
80    a cut above  
Informal   superior (to); better (than),   (See also)        cut across       cut along       cutback       cut down       cut in       cut off       cut out       cut up  
     (C13: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Norwegian kutte to cut, Icelandic kuti small knife)  


bastard cut  
      adj     (Mechanical engineering)   (of a file) having medium teeth; intermediate between a coarse cut and a fine cut  
clean-cut  
      adj  
1    clearly outlined; neat  
clean-cut lines of a ship     
2    definite  
a clean-cut decision in boxing     
clear-cut  
      adj   clear cut when postpositive  
1    definite; not vague  
a clear-cut proposal     
2    clearly outlined  
      vb  
3    tr      another term for       clear-fell  
crew cut  
      n   a closely cropped haircut for men, originating in the U.S.  
     (C20: from the style of haircut worn by the boat crews at Harvard and Yale Universities)  
Culebra Cut  
      n      the former name of the       Gaillard Cut  
cut across  
      vb   prep  
1    intr   to be contrary to ordinary procedure or limitations  
opinion on European integration still cuts clean across party lines     
2    to cross or traverse, making a shorter route  
she cut across the field quickly     
cut along  
      vb   intr, adv     (Brit)  
informal   to hurry off  
cut-and-cover  
      adj   designating a method of constructing a tunnel by excavating a cutting to the required depth and then backfilling the excavation over the tunnel roof  
cut and paste  
      n   a technique used in word processing by which a section of text can be moved within a document  
cut and thrust  
      n  
1      (Fencing)   using both the blade and the point of a sword  
2    (in argument, debate, etc.) a lively and spirited exchange of ideas or opinions  
cut down  
      vb   adv  
1    tr   to fell  
2    when intr, often foll by: on   to reduce or make a reduction (in)  
to cut down on drink     
3    tr   to remake (an old garment) in order to make a smaller one  
4    tr   to kill  
he was cut down in battle     
5    cut (a person) down to size   to reduce in importance or decrease the conceit of  
cut glass  
      n  
1   
a    glass, esp. bowls, vases, etc., decorated by facet-cutting or grinding  
b    (as modifier)  
a cut-glass vase     
2    modifier   (of an accent) upper-class; refined  
cut in  
      vb   adv  
1    intr; often foll by: on     (Also)    cut into   to break in or interrupt  
2    intr   to interrupt a dancing couple to dance with one of them  
3    intr   (of a driver, motor vehicle, etc.) to draw in front of another vehicle leaving too little space  
4    tr  
Informal   to allow to have a share  
5    intr   to take the place of a person in a card game  
      n  
  cut-in  
6      (Films)   a separate shot or scene inserted at a relevant point  
cut off  
      vb   tr, adv  
1    to remove by cutting  
2    to intercept or interrupt something, esp. a telephone conversation  
3    to discontinue the supply of  
to cut off the water     
4    to bring to an end  
5    to deprive of rights; disinherit  
she was cut off without a penny     
6    to sever or separate  
she was cut off from her family     
7    to occupy a position so as to prevent or obstruct (a retreat or escape)  
      n  
  cutoff  
8   
a    the act of cutting off; limit or termination  
b    (as modifier)  
the cutoff point     
9      (Chiefly U.S.)   a route or way that is shorter than the usual one; short cut  
10    a device to terminate the flow of a fluid in a pipe or duct  
11    the remnant of metal, plastic, etc., left after parts have been machined or trimmed  
12      (Electronics)  
a    the value of voltage, frequency, etc., below or above which an electronic device cannot function efficiently  
b    (as modifier)  
cutoff voltage     
13    a channel cutting across the neck of a meander, which leaves an oxbow lake  
14    another name for oxbow (the lake)  
cut out  
      vb   adv  
1    tr   to delete or remove  
2    tr   to shape or form by cutting  
to cut out a dress     
3    tr; usually passive   to suit or equip for  
you're not cut out for this job     
4    intr   (of an engine, etc.) to cease to operate suddenly  
5    tr     (Printing)   to remove the background from a photograph or drawing to make the outline of the subject stand out  
6    intr   (of an electrical device) to switch off, usually automatically  
7    tr  
Informal   to oust and supplant (a rival)  
8    intr   (of a person) to be excluded from a card game  
9    tr  
Informal   to cease doing something, esp. something undesirable (esp. in the phrase cut it out)  
10    tr     (Soccer)   to intercept (a pass)  
11    tr   to separate (cattle) from a herd  
12    intr     (Austral. and N.Z.)   to end or finish  
the road cuts out at the creek     
13    have one's work cut out   to have as much work as one can manage  
      n  
  cutout  
14    something that has been or is intended to be cut out from something else  
15    a photograph or drawing from which the background has been cut away  
16    a device that switches off or interrupts an electric circuit, esp. a switch acting as a safety device  
17    an impressed stamp cut out from an envelope for collecting purposes  
18      (Austral)  
slang   the end of shearing  
cut-price   ,   (esp. U.S.)   cut-rate  
      adj  
1    available at prices or rates below the standard price or rate  
2    prenominal   offering goods or services at prices below the standard price  
a cut-price shop     
cut sheet feed  
      n     (Computing)   the automatic movement of single sheets of paper through the platen of the printer  
cut string  
      n      another name for       bridgeboard  
cut-throat  
      n  
1    a person who cuts throats; murderer  
2      (Also called)    cut-throat razor     (Brit)   a razor with a long blade that usually folds into the handle,   (U.S. name)    straight razor  
      adj  
3    bloodthirsty or murderous; cruel  
4    fierce or relentless in competition  
cut-throat prices     
5    (of some games) played by three people  
cut-throat poker     
cut up  
      vb   tr, adv  
1    to cut into pieces  
2    to inflict injuries on  
3    usually passive  
Informal   to affect the feelings of deeply  
4    Informal   to subject to severe criticism  
5    cut up rough     (Brit)  
informal   to become angry or bad-tempered  
      n  
  cut-up  
6    Informal     (chiefly U.S.)   a joker or prankster  
cut-up technique  
      n   a technique of writing involving cutting up lines or pages of prose and rearranging these fragments, popularized by the novelist William Burroughs  
director's cut  
      n     (Films)   a version of a film which realizes the artistic aims of the director more fully than the original version  
fine-cut  
      adj   (of tobacco) finely cut or shredded  
Gaillard Cut  
      n   the SE section of the Panama Canal, cut through Culebra Mountain. Length: about 13 km (8 miles),   (Former name)    Culebra Cut  
     (C19: named after David Du Bose Gaillard (1859--1913), US army engineer in charge of the work)  
navy cut  
      n   tobacco finely cut from a block  
open cut  
      n     (Civil engineering)   an excavation made in the open rather than in a tunnel  
   See       cut-and-cover  
open-cut mining  
      n      the Austral. and N.Z. name for       opencast mining  
power cut  
      n   a temporary interruption or reduction in the supply of electrical power to a particular area,   (Sometimes shortened to)    cut  
razor-cut  
      vb   , -cuts, -cutting, -cut  
1    tr   to trim or shape (the hair) with a razor  
      n  
  razor cut  
2    a fluffy hairstyle, usually tapering at the neck, trimmed by a razor  
rose-cut  
      adj   (of a gemstone) cut with a hemispherical faceted crown and a flat base  
rough-cut  
      n   a first edited version of a film with the scenes in sequence and the soundtrack synchronized  
short cut  
      n  
1    a route that is shorter than the usual one  
2    a means of saving time or effort  
      vb  
  short-cut   , -cuts, -cutting, -cut  
3    intr   to use a short cut  
     (C16: from cut (in the sense: a direct route))  
single-cut file  
      n   a file with teeth in one direction only: used for filing soft material  
wave-cut platform  
      n   a flat surface at the base of a cliff formed by erosion by waves  
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n.
very short haircut
n.
to release sth that is tied up
n.
a body part is a part of a human body, usually one that has been cut or torn from the body in a violent incident (such as an accident, an explosion, etc)
adj.
Term used to describe low grade marijuana. This type of marijuana is usually brown, seedy, dry. The term is also used by many pot heads to describe anything that is low grade.
v.
to cover with a thin layer of paint applied with a dry brush in order to soften or blur a figure or outline
an art term

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