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cut across sth
1: Opinion on this issue cuts across traditional political boundaries.
I usually cut across the park on my way home.
1. to affect or be true for different groups that usually remain separate
2. (also 7cut 'through sth) to go across sth in order to make your route shorter抄近路穿过；走近路:
cut sth ↔ a'way (from sth)
They cut away all the dead branches from the tree.
to remove sth from sth by cutting
cut sth ↔ 'back
If we don't sell more we'll have to cut back production.
SYN prune :
to cut back a rose bush 给玫瑰丛剪枝
1. (also 7cut 'back (on sth)) to reduce sth
2. to make a bush, etc. smaller by cutting branches off
cut sb ↔ 'down (formal)
He was cut down by an assassin's bullet.
to kill sb杀死(某人)
cut sth ↔ 'down
to cut down a tree
to make sth fall down by cutting it at the base
cut sth ↔ 'down (to...) | 7cut 'down (on sth)
We need to cut the article down to 1 000 words.
我们得把这篇文章压缩到 1 000 字。
The doctor told him to cut down on his drinking.
to reduce the size, amount or number of sth
Emergency generators cut in.
1. if a motor or an engine cuts in, it starts working
cut 'in (on sb / sth)
SYN butt in : She kept cutting in on our conversation.
1. to interrupt sb when they are speaking打断(谈话)；插嘴
2. (of a vehicle or its driver 车辆或驾车者) to move suddenly in front of another vehicle, leaving little space between the ten vehicles
cut sb 'in (on sth) (informal)
to give sb a share of the profit in a business or an activity
cut sb ↔ 'off
We were cut off in the middle of our conversation.
He cut his son off without a penny.
1. [often passive] to interrupt sb who is speaking on the telephone by breaking the connection中断(电话通话)
2. to refuse to let sb receive any of your property after you die
cut sb / sth ↔ 'off
My explanation was cut off by loud protests.
Our water supply has been cut off.
1. to interrupt sb and stop them from speaking
2. [often passive] to stop the supply of sth to sb
cut sth ↔ 'off (also 7cut sth 'off sth)
(figurative) The winner cut two seconds off (= ran the distance two seconds faster than) the world record.
They cut off the enemy's retreat.
1. to remove sth from sth larger by cutting
2. to block or get in the way of sth
cut sb / sth 'off (from sb / sth) [often passive]
He cut himself off from all human contact.
to prevent sb / sth from leaving or reaching a place or communicating with people outside a place
if a motor or an engine ～, it suddenly stops working
cut sb ↔ 'out (of sth)
Don't cut your parents out of your lives.
to not allow sb to be involved in sth
cut sth ↔ 'out
(figurative) He's cut out a niche for himself (= found a suitable job) in journalism.
I'm sick of you ten arguing—just cut it out !
I would cut out the bit about working as a waitress.
Tall trees cut out the sunlight.
1. to make sth by cutting
2. (informal) used to tell sb to stop doing or saying sth annoying
3. to leave sth out of a piece of writing, etc.
4. to block sth, especially light
cut sth ↔ 'out (of sth)
I cut this article out of the newspaper.
I've been advised to cut sugar out of my diet.
1. to remove sth from sth larger by cutting, usually with scissors
2. to stop doing, using or eating sth
be cut 'out for sth | be cut 'out to be sth (informal)
He's not cut out for teaching.
He's not cut out to be a teacher.
to have the qualities and abilities needed for sth
cut 'through sth (also 7cut sth 'through sth)
The prisoners cut their way through the barbed wire.
1. = cut across sth
2. to make a path or passage through sth by cutting 开辟(出路或通道):
cut 'up (NAmE, informal)
to behave in a noisy and silly way
cut sb ↔ 'up (informal)
He was very badly cut up in the fight.
She was pretty cut up about them leaving.
1. to injure sb badly by cutting or hitting them
2. [usually passive] to upset sb emotionally
cut sb / sth ↔ 'up
to suddenly drive in front of another vehicle in a dangerous way
cut sth ↔ 'up
He cut up the meat on his plate.
to divide sth into small pieces with a knife, etc.
a cut above sb / sth
His latest novel is a cut above the rest.
better than sb / sth
the cut and 'thrust (of sth)
the cut and thrust of political debate
the lively or aggressive way that sth is done
cut the lawn / grass / hedge etc
cut your finger / knee / hand etc
cut a deal
A French company has reportedly cut a deal to produce software for government agencies.
to make a business deal
cut (sb) a check, [AmE informal]
When the damage assessor called, he cut a check for $139.
估损员被叫来后，他开了一张 139 美元的支票。
to write a check for a particular amount of money and give it to someone
cut in line, [AmE]
to unfairly go in front of other people who are waiting to do something
cut class / school, [AmE informal]
She started cutting classes.
to deliberately not go to a class that you should go to
cut your teeth (on sth)
Both reporters cut their journalistic teeth on the same provincial newspaper.
to get your first experience of doing something and learn the basic skills从（某事上）获得初步经验:
There's a temptation to cut corners when you're pushed for time, but it's not worth it.
to do something in a way that saves time, effort, or money, but that also results in it not being done properly
cut sth short
The band has cut short its US concert tour.
Her athletic career was cut short by a leg injury.
to stop doing something earlier than you planned
cut sb short
I tried to explain, but he cut me short.
to stop someone from finishing what they wanted to say
cut the ..., [spoken]
Cut the sarcasm, Jane, and tell me what really happened!
Cut the crap (=stop saying something that is not true) ! I saw his car outside your house.
an impolite way of telling someone to stop doing something because it is annoying you
cut sb dead
I saw Ian in town but he cut me dead.
to deliberately ignore someone when you meet them
cut your losses
He decided to cut his losses and sell the business.
to stop doing something that is failing, so that you do not waste any more money, time, or effort
cut sb to the quick / bone, [literary]
His mockery frightened her and cut her to the bone.
[literary] to upset someone very much by saying something cruel
cut to the chase, [informal]
to immediately start dealing with the most important part of something
cut a fine / strange etc figure, [literary]
Mason cuts a battered but defiant figure.
cut your own throat
He'd just be cutting his own throat if he left now.
to behave in a way that will cause harm to yourself, especially because you are very offended or angry about something
(it) cuts both ways, [spoken]
The higher the interest rate, the greater the financial risk - which, of course, cuts both ways.
sed to say that something has two effects, especially a good effect and a bad one有利有弊，有正反两种效果:
cut and run, [informal]
Although the company has faced financial difficulties, they do not intend to cut and run.
to avoid a difficult situation by leaving suddenly
cut no ice / not cut much ice
if something cuts no ice with someone, it will not persuade them to change their opinion or decision
if something ～ with someone, it will not persuade them to change their opinion or decision
cut a swathe through sth, [literary]
A series of bribery scandals has cut a swathe through the government.
to cause a lot of damage in a place or among a group of people
not cut it, [informal]
Players who can't cut it soon quit the team.
to not be good enough to do something
cut it / things fine, ; cut it close [AmE]
Even in normal traffic, 20 minutes to get to the airport is cutting it fine.
to leave yourself just enough time to do something
to cut a long story short, [spoken]
To cut a long story short, he threw them out of the house.
used to say that you are only going to mention the main facts of something
not cut the mustard, [informal]
ther magazines have tried to copy the formula but have never quite cut the mustard.
to not be good enough
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