cut it out
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cut it out
To stop doing something. Often used as an imperative. Come on, man, cut it out! We'll totally get in trouble if you keep throwing the ball in the house! If they don't cut it out soon, I'm going to go up there and give them a piece of my mind.
1. verb To remove a shape or figure from something, such as paper, by cutting. The kids are busy cutting out paper dolls for a craft project.
2. verb To be well-suited for success in a particular area. After being out of school for so long, I don't think that I'm cut out for studying any more.
3. verb To intermittently lose an audio connection, as on the phone. I'm sorry, I didn't hear what you said—the phone cut out for a second.
4. verb To depart very quickly. The robbers cut out when the heard the approaching sirens.
5. verb To eliminate or remove someone or something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "cut" and "out." Which government-funded programs do you think will be cut out next year?
6. verb To stop doing something. You better cut out these antics before your father gets home. Cut out the eye-rolling, will you?
7. verb To replace something or render it unimportant or unnecessary. I still love to get snail mail, even though email has largely cut out the need for it.
8. verb To determine something before taking any action. In this usage, the phrase is used in the passive. I knew I had my work cut out for me when I saw how messy the play room was.
9. verb To eliminate something, often from one's diet. My doctor told me that I need to cut out fried foods in order to improve my cholesterol.
10. verb To end unexpectedly or abruptly. Aw man, why did the music cut out?
11. verb To stop something from working; to turn something off. When the fuse blew, power to the entire second floor cut out. Look, if you don't pay your bill, the electric company will cut out your electricity.
12. verb To keep someone from obtaining something, often through disinheritance. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "cut" and "out." If you continue to fight with your mother like this, she may just cut you out of her will.
13. noun A figure or shape that has been cut out of a larger surface. Often used in reference to a life-size cardboard replica of a person or thing. When used as a noun, the phrase is usually written as one word. I surprised my sister with a cardboard cutout of her favorite singer for her birthday.
Cut it out!
Inf. Stop doing that!; Stop saying that! (Fixed order.) Sue: Why, I think you have a crush on Mary! Tom: Cut it out! "Cut it out!" yelled Tommy as Billy hit him again.
See also: cut
cut it out
Stop, desist, as in Cut it out, stop teasing your sister. [c. 1900] Also see cut it, def. 1.