cut at

cut at (someone or an animal)

to thrust a knife or something similar at someone or an animal. The hoodlum cut at me, but I dodged the blade. He cut at the dog, but it had no effect on the vicious animal.
See also: cut

cut at something

 and cut away at
to cut on something to slice something. He cut at the chair leg carefully, trying not to remove too much. Dad cut away at the turkey and asked us what part we wanted.
See also: cut
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Introducing PTC Water Jet with linear drives that cut at more than 4000 in.
According to Bauer's calculations, the $181,700 cut at his school represents a loss of 62 percent in the funds used to buy instructional materials.
What happens when the timber companies cut at 60 years is that they have to cut more than twice as much acreage as if they had waited
Dwelling on ideological differences now could derail a tax cut at a time when the economy can't afford to wait.
A plastic part cut at room temperature will measure short if shipped in cold weather, and these length changes can be significant.
they would rather us not cut at all and we said that is a possibility.