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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.
See also: bait, cut
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Redfish readily eat cut bait, but distance seems to be the most attractive feature.
If we only have cut bait, then only 15 to 20 inches is needed.
If you use cut bait and fish right on the bottom, you'll catch a mess offish.
Some of the party switched to tossing weighted cut bait and managed to raise a decent range of bottom dwellers, including ling cod, red snapper, whitefish and a variety of rockfish.
They will readily gobble brightly colored jigs sweetened with a strip of cut bait or squid.
We have to fish or cut bait at some point,'' Yaroslavsky said.
And still there are those who like to anchor and soak cut bait in the pass.
The large reds frequently show up in the pass this month and will hit live pinfish or cut bait fished on the bottom of the pass.
You can still drift live or cut bait in the current near the pilings of the newer bridge, but you'll need heavier tackle and leader to combat breakoffs.
Of course, reds will eat live or cut bait, but consider using artificials.
All types of cut bait will be effective in these conditions.
The most popular targets with cut bait are huge redtail and surubim catfish.
June 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- In the competitive apparel business, it's literally fish or cut bait.