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cut off

Verb: cut off Meaning: Disconnect The telephone’s been CUT OFF because we didn’t pay the bill. Meaning: Isolate or make inaccessible The heavy snow has blocked many roads and CUT OFF a number of...

cut out

Verb: cut out Meaning: Exclude I’m CUTTING OUT salt from my diet. Meaning: When an engine or motor stops The car CUT OUT at the traffic lights just as they went green. Meaning: Cut a picture or similar from a magazine, etc I CUT some pictures OUT to use as...

cut out on

Verb: cut out on Meaning: Let down, snub Although he’d promised to help, the star CUT OUT ON the charity when offered more money.

cut through

Verb: cut through Meaning: Deal quickly with a complex issue that is causing trouble She CUT THROUGH the bureaucracy that was holding us up and got the deal done. Meaning: Go through a place instead of going around it We CUT THROUGH the park even though it was...

cut up

Verb: cut up Meaning: Cut into smaller pieces After cutting the tree down, the logger CUT it UP into logs. Meaning: Drive into a neighbouring lane, directly in front of another vehicle I was just driving onto the motorway slip-road, when a red Mini CUT me UP and I had...