cut a poor figure

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cut a poor figure

To appear in such a way that causes oneself to be regarded unfavorably by others. You'll cut a poor figure at the job interview if you wear jeans!
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cut a fine, poor, sorry, etc. ˈfigure

have a fine, etc. appearance: In his brand new uniform he cut a fine figure.
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