The Collaborative International Dictionary
Cut \Cut\ (k[u^]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cut; p. pr. & vb. n. Cutting.] [OE. cutten, kitten, ketten; prob. of Celtic origin; cf. W. cwtau to shorten, curtail, dock, cwta bobtailed, cwt tail, skirt, Gael. cutaich to shorten, curtail, dock, cutach short, docked, cut a bobtail, piece, Ir. cut a short tail, cutach bobtailed. Cf. Coot.]
To separate the parts of with, or as with, a sharp instrument; to make an incision in; to gash; to sever; to divide.
You must cut this flesh from off his breast.
Before the whistling winds the vessels fly, With rapid swiftness cut the liquid way.
To sever and cause to fall for the purpose of gathering; to hew; to mow or reap.
Thy servants can skill to cut timer.
--2. Chron. ii. 8
To sever and remove by cutting; to cut off; to dock; as, to cut the hair; to cut the nails.
To castrate or geld; as, to cut a horse.
To form or shape by cutting; to make by incision, hewing, etc.; to carve; to hew out.
Why should a man. whose blood is warm within, Sit like his grandsire cut in alabaster?
Loopholes cut through thickest shade.
To wound or hurt deeply the sensibilities of; to pierce; to lacerate; as, sarcasm cuts to the quick.
The man was cut to the heart.
To intersect; to cross; as, one line cuts another at right angles.
To refuse to recognize; to ignore; as, to cut a person in the street; to cut one's acquaintance. [Colloq.]
To absent one's self from; as, to cut an appointment, a recitation. etc. [Colloq.]
An English tradesman is always solicitous to cut the shop whenever he can do so with impunity.
(Cricket) To deflect (a bowled ball) to the off, with a chopping movement of the bat.
(Billiards, etc.) To drive (an object ball) to either side by hitting it fine on the other side with the cue ball or another object ball.
(Lawn Tennis, etc.) To strike (a ball) with the racket inclined or struck across the ball so as to put a certain spin on the ball.
(Croquet) To drive (a ball) to one side by hitting with another ball. To cut a caper. See under Caper. To cut the cards, to divide a pack of cards into portions, in order to determine the deal or the trump, or to change the cards to be dealt. To cut both ways, to have effects both advantageous and disadvantageous. To cut corners, to deliberately do an incomplete or imperfect job in order to save time or money. To cut a dash or To cut a figure, to make a display of oneself; to give a conspicuous impression. [Colloq.] To cut down.
To sever and cause to fall; to fell; to prostrate. ``Timber . . . cut down in the mountains of Cilicia.''
To put down; to abash; to humble. [Obs] ``So great is his natural eloquence, that he cuts down the finest orator.''
To lessen; to retrench; to curtail; as, to cut down expenses.
(Naut.) To raze; as, to cut down a frigate into a sloop. To cut the knot or To cut the Gordian knot, to dispose of a difficulty summarily; to solve it by prompt, arbitrary action, rather than by skill or patience. To cut lots, to determine lots by cuttings cards; to draw lots. To cut off.
To sever; to separate.
I would to God, . . . The king had cut off my brother's.
To put an untimely death; to put an end to; to destroy. ``Iren[ae]us was likewise cut off by martyrdom.''
To interrupt; as, to cut off communication; to cut off (the flow of) steam from (the boiler to) a steam engine.
To intercept; as,, to cut off an enemy's retreat.
To end; to finish; as, to cut off further debate. To cut out.
To remove by cutting or carving; as, to cut out a piece from a board.
To shape or form by cutting; as, to cut out a garment. `` A large forest cut out into walks.''
To scheme; to contrive; to prepare; as, to cut out work for another day. ``Every man had cut out a place for himself.''
To step in and take the place of; to supplant; as, to cut out a rival. [Colloq.]
To debar. ``I am cut out from anything but common acknowledgments.''
To seize and carry off (a vessel) from a harbor, or from under the guns of an enemy.
to separate from the midst of a number; as, to cut out a steer from a herd; to cut out a car from a train.
to discontinue; as, to cut out smoking. To cut to pieces.
To cut into pieces; as, to cut cloth to pieces.
To slaughter; as, to cut an army to pieces. To cut a play (Drama), to shorten it by leaving out passages, to adapt it for the stage. To cut rates (Railroads, etc.), to reduce the charges for transportation below the rates established between competing lines. To cut short, to arrest or check abruptly; to bring to a sudden termination. ``Achilles cut him short, and thus replied.'' --Dryden. To cut stick, to make off clandestinely or precipitately. To cut teeth, to put forth teeth; to have the teeth pierce through the gum and appear. To have cut one's eyeteeth, to be sharp and knowing. To cut one's wisdom teeth, to come to years of discretion. To cut under, to undersell; as, to cut under a competitor in trade; more commonly referred to as undercut. To cut up.
To cut to pieces; as, to cut up an animal, or bushes.
To damage or destroy; to injure; to wound; as, to cut up a book or its author by severe criticism. ``This doctrine cuts up all government by the roots.''
To afflict; to discourage; to demoralize; as, the death of his friend cut him up terribly. [Colloq.]
Usage examples of "to cut a dash".
Nell, quite as desirous as she to cut a dash, had no notion (she thanked Letty) of imitating Lady Weldon, or any other fashionable hostess.