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cut
   1. to render (a male) sexually impotent
   Of humans by vasectomy, of domestic animals by castration:
    The bull calves are cut. (Marshall, 1818)
   2. to dilute in order to cheat customers
   Mainly of intoxicants and drugs sold illegally, from the practice of dividing before adulteration:
    The real thing. Pharmaceutical coke. Not the cut street stuff. (Robbins, 1981)
   3. drunk
   Literally, in dialect, tacking or weaving. Often as half-cut:
    On many a night we left the canteen halfcut. (F. Richards, 1936)
   4. an illegal or concealed commission payment
   Common criminal and commercial use, again from the dividing. Whence as a verb, to take such a payment:
    Crap games were played in the corridor with the keeper 'cutting' the game. (Lavine, 1930, writing of prisoners in a police station)
   5. a reduction in the size of the increase desired or expected by the recipient
   Normally of spending in the public sector:
    So, too has [grown] the number of welfare lobbyists raised in that publicsector culture who protest that every reform is a 'cut' while spending continues to climb. {Daily Telegraph, 5 December 1995)
   6. American
   to kill
   Not necessarily with a knife:
    You Americans — you are so strange. You 'put a man down', or you 'cut him', or you 'burn him', or you 'put him away' or 'take him for a ride'. But you will never say you killed him. (Sanders, 1970)

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  • 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,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cut — ► VERB (cutting; past and past part. cut) 1) make an opening, incision, or wound in (something) with a sharp implement. 2) shorten or divide into pieces with a sharp implement. 3) make, form, or remove with a sharp implement. 4) make or design (a …   English terms dictionary

  • cut — adjective make or design (a garment) in a particular way: → cut cut verb (cutting; past and past participle cut) 1》 make an opening, incision, or wound in (something) with a sharp tool or object. 2》 remove (something) from something larger by… …   English new terms dictionary

  • cut — or short cut [kut] vt. cut, cutting [ME cutten, kytten < Late OE * cyttan < Scand base seen in Swed dial., Ice kuta, to cut with a knife: the word replaced OE ceorfan (see CARVE), snithan, scieran (see SHEAR) as used in its basic senses] I… …   English World dictionary

  • Cut — may refer to: The act of cutting, the separation of an object into two through acutely directed force Contents 1 Mathematics 2 Computing 3 …   Wikipedia

  • cut — cut·cher·ry; cut·ie; cut·lash; cut·lass; cut·ler; cut·le·ria; cut·le·ri·a·ce·ae; cut·le·ri·a·les; cut·ler·ite; cut·lery; cut·let; cut·ling; cut·lings; cut·ta·ble; cut·tage; cut·ta·nee; cut·teau; cut·ted; cut·ter·man; cut·ter; cut·ting·ly;… …   English syllables

  • Cut-up — (oder: Schnittechnik) nennt man eine Methode, den Zufall und die moderne Montage in die Literatur einzubeziehen. Sie wurde von Brion Gysin zufällig 1959 entdeckt [1]. Ähnliche Ansätze waren von Max Frisch und James Joyce bereits entwickelt worden …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Cut — Cut, n. 1. An opening made with an edged instrument; a cleft; a gash; a slash; a wound made by cutting; as, a sword cut. [1913 Webster] 2. A stroke or blow or cutting motion with an edged instrument; a stroke or blow with a whip. [1913 Webster] 3 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • CUT — (engl. „schneiden“, „Schnitt“) steht für: Cut (Film), ein australischen Film von Kimble Rendall Cut (Musik), eine DJ Technik zur Erzeugung eines Übergangs zwischen zwei Musikstücken Cut (Zeitschrift), eine deutsche Fachzeitschrift für… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Cut — (engl. „schneiden“, „Schnitt“) steht für: Cut (Film), einen australischen Film von Kimble Rendall Cut (Musik), eine DJ Technik zur Erzeugung eines Übergangs zwischen zwei Musikstücken Cut (Zeitschrift), eine deutsche Fachzeitschrift für… …   Deutsch Wikipedia


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