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cut bait

1. To give up on something. Taken from the phrase "fish or cut bait," meaning to either work productively or else stand aside. After three years of hating medical school, Sean decided it was time to cut bait and try something different.
2. Literally, to cut fish into small pieces to be used as bait. These days, bait is mostly processed in a factory, but I still like to cut bait myself when I'm out fishing.
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cut bait

To abandon an activity or enterprise.
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My top cut baits in preference are a ladyfish finger, fresh pinfish slices, mullet slices in that order.
Anglers fish from boat and shore, using a variety of plugs, lures and cut bait.
You can either fish or cut bait We're here to fish, the other party's here to cut bail And while they're cutting bait here, they're cutting and running over there.
Ever since that protracted disaster, my husband and I have been on a mission, convincing young men to "fish or cut bait.
It benefits the employer then to know when to fish or cut bait.
It was time, to use the old cliche, "to fish or cut bait.
Landlords can object to any further extensions saying it is time for the tenant to fish or cut bait," Perkiel said.
Daniel Luther of Petri Hell thinks it is time for Fishnet's experts to either fish or cut bait.
For each issue, they believe they must fish or cut bait, sometimes even when information and time are limited.
Agencies Face Decision on Year 2000: Fix or Cut Bait.
Channel catfish and blue catfish are commonly caught on cut bait, such as described above for gar, and they will take live bait like worms, minnows, or crayfish as well.
When it comes time to fish or cut bait, consumers are THE decision-makers
and everything started to get hectic and complicated, and all the military guys started rolling their eyes-they just wanted to get on with the surrender-so finally we just cut bait and went with Norm and the Diet P.
analyst John Kosecoff writes that the company may be ready to cut bait with this venture.
Experienced bass hunters use 6- to 14-pound test line with 3/8-ounce brown jigs, or cut bait such as anchovy or sardine, or live night crawlers on a 2/0 hook.