- cut the painter
- to dieLike a boat cast loose on the water and used of old seafarers. Cut adrift, of the same tendency, is probably obsolete. Cut your cable should logically imply suicide but it is used of natural death, usually in old age.
How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms. R. W. Holder. 2014.
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