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cut across (something)

1. To move across an area, often as a shortcut. I'm sick of all these kids cutting across my yard in order to get to the school down the street. We'll get there quicker if we cut across the park.
2. To break through a particular barrier. Because that senator's views really seem to cut across party lines, I think he'll be able to appeal to the most people as our presidential candidate.
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cut across something

 
1. . and cut across Lit. to travel across a particular area; to take a shortcut across a particular area. Please don't cut across the neighbor's yard anymore.
2. Fig. to reach beyond something; to embrace a wide variety; to slice across a figurative boundary or barrier. His teaching cut across all human cultures and races. This rule cuts across all social barriers.
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cut across

Go beyond, transcend, as in The new regulations cut across class lines. This figurative use of cut across, which literally means "run through" or "intersect," dates from the 1920s.
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cut across

v.
1. To travel across some region, rather than around it: We can get to the house faster if we just cut across the front lawn.
2. To affect or concern a number of different groups of persons or things: The issue of health care cuts across all social classes.
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The job cuts across the group's UK operation will range from shopfloor workers to managers.
2 million in cuts across the county, with more cuts expected after state government deals with its own budget deficit.
These are tough times for Venezuela, and art institutions have experienced severe budget cuts across the board.
To study ground movement around the proposed location, geologist Brian Wernicke and his colleagues took GPS readings at five sites situated along a 34-kilometer line that cuts across Yucca Mountain.
Delegates have the opportunity to drill down into topics specific to their industry, as well as gain solid security knowledge that cuts across all sectors.
We have strategically spread these cuts across the command's base in such a way every base should be able to absorb them with no layoffs that are directly related to the AFMC share of these reductions,'' Lyles said.
In an unusually celebratory act of multitasking, Marclay's mise-en-scene cuts across the four screens, bumping the editing practice to a level of high art and satisfying experimental music.
Some insects studied at Cornell make simple cuts across the midrib of a leaf, while others cut circular trenches and then eat the latex-less center, say the authors.
The firm's broad-based international practice cuts across virtually all legal disciplines and industries.
This means you'll see work by Laylah Ali, Kojo Griffin, Rico Gatson, Kira Lynn Harris, Dave McKenzie, and Julie Mehretu, among others, in an aptly titled show that cuts across media and reflects influences and concerns ranging from hip-hop to the debates around multiculturalism.