1 gash, slash, slit; open:
I cut my finger on the glass.
2 slice, cut off, carve:
Please cut me a thick piece of steak.
3 Often, cut up. hurt, wound, pain, upset, grieve, distress, aggrieve, slight, insult, offend, affront:
I was really all cut up by her nasty remarks.
4 trim, snip, lop, clip, crop, shorten, shear, chop off; mow; dock:
The barber has cut too much off the sides.
5 abbreviate, shorten, crop, condense, abridge, edit, cut back, reduce, cut down; epitomize, abstract, digest, summarize, curtail:
Cut this script to make it fit into the allotted time.
6 dilute, thin, water (down), weaken; degrade, adulterate:
They cut the rum with water to make grog.
7 avoid, fail to attend, eschew:
Cynthia cut classes three days this week.
8 lower, reduce, lessen, cut back (on), cut down (on), slash, diminish, decrease, retrench (on), curtail:
We shall have to cut expenses if the company is to survive.
9 conclude, settle, agree:
Once the deal was cut, there was no going back on it.
10 prepare, draw, write, sign:
We'll have accounting cut your cheque and send it at once.
11 cut back.
(a) See 5, above.
(b) See 8, above.
12 Often, cut dead. snub, slight, spurn, shun, ignore, give the cold shoulder (to):
Cornelia had the gall to cut Jason dead at his own party.
13 cut down.
(a) fell, chop or hew down:
Don't cut down that tree!
(b) kill, cut off, murder, assassinate:
He was cut down in his prime.
14 cut in. interrupt, intrude, interfere, Colloq butt in:
Please don't cut in on our conversation.
15 cut off.
(a) cleave, sever, chop or lop or hack off:
Cut the branch off near the trunk.
(b) intercept, interrupt, discontinue, end, stop, terminate, break off:
There was a click and our phone conversation was cut off.
(c) separate, sever, split, estrange:
He's been cut off from the family for years.
(d) disinherit, disown, reject:
She was cut off with a shilling.
16 cut out. a delete, remove, excise, strike or cross out, edit out, omit, cut, kill, Technical dele:
The publishers made me cut out parts of the book that they were advised might be libellous.
(b) extract, excise, remove, resect:
My appendix was cut out years ago.
(c) stop, cease, desist (from), quit:
Whenever it rains the engine cuts out. Cut out the clowning around.
(d) suit, equip, fit:
I don't think Cyril's cut out to be a lumberjack.
(e) plan, prepare, ready, organize, destine:
He certainly has his work cut out for him!
17 cut up.
(a) chop (up), dice, cube, mince, cut, divide (up), carve (up):
Cut the celery up very small.
The football supporters began to cut up rough.
18 cut up rough. get angry, lose one's temper, show resentment:
The driver began to cut up rough when I refused to pay.
19 gash, slash, incision, nick, wound:
I got a nasty cut from that razor.
20 share, portion, percentage, piece, dividend, commission:
Blatchley gets a cut on every car we sell.
21 reduction, cut-back, curtailment, decrease:
The government's cuts in spending affect us all.
22 deletion, excision, omission:
The author refuses to approve the cuts in the script.
23 affront, insult, offence, slight, snub, dig, jibe, slap in the face, cold shoulder:
The unkindest cut was the accusation of cheating.
24 engraving, plate:
This cut is too badly worn for use now.
25 artwork, picture, illustration, plate, drawing, line cut, line engraving, half-tone:
The book has 300 cuts and only 20 pages of text.
26 separated, detached, severed:
I prefer cut flowers to a plant.
27 abridged, abbreviated, cut-down, shortened, edited, curtailed:
The magazine published a cut version of the novel.
28 reduced, diminished, lowered, discounted:
This shop sells everything at cut prices.
29 cut and dried.
(a) clear-cut, settled, arranged, decided, predetermined, prearranged:
Unfortunately, the solution to this problem is not cut and dried.
(b) stale, unoriginal, trite, hackneyed, old; dull, boring:
His suggestions for improvement are always cut and dried.
(c) manufactured, automatic, unchanging, unchanged:
Mr Mackay will again present his old cut and dried plan.
1 hole/opening made by cutting
VERB + CUT
make | give
a high-quality blade that gives a clean cut
Using sharp scissors, make a small cut in the material.
bad, deep, nasty | minor, small, superficial
He's got a small cut on his finger.
VERB + CUT
have | get, suffer
She got a bad cut over her right eye.
Clean the cut and cover it to prevent infection.
| bandage, cover, dress
CUT + VERB
A clean cut heals quickly.
a cut on her hand
| ~ to
One man was attacked and suffered cuts to his face.
cuts and bruises
3 act of cutting sth
VERB + CUT
I've made an appointment to have a hair cut.
big, deep, drastic, large, major, massive, real, savage, severe, sharp, significant, substantial, swingeing | government | financial | budget, defence, education, expenditure, interest-rate, job, pay, price, service, spending, staff, tax, wage
They get a lot of power cuts because they have overhead wires.
The company has announced a new round of job cuts.
VERB + CUT
They are planning to make substantial cuts in the service.
| announce, propose
proposed tax cuts
| suffer, take
The staff have all had to take a cut in salary.
CUT + VERB
come into effect
The cuts will come into effect next May.
cuts in public spending
5 piece of meat
choice, expensive, good, lean | cheap | cold ~s
The recipe calls for a good lean cut of beef.
6 share in the profits
VERB + CUT
get, have, take
By the time the organizers have had their cut, there won't be much left.
He takes a cut of the profits.
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