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cut up

1. verb To chop something into smaller pieces. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "cut" and "up." You need to cut up these onions so we can brown them.
2. verb To judge or criticize someone or something harshly. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "cut" and "up." I thought I had done a good job on the project, but my boss just cut it up, pointing out every little thing I had overlooked.
3. verb To cause someone to laugh. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "cut" and "up." His remark cut up the rest of the group, but I just didn't think it was funny.
4. verb To joke or play around. Boys! Stop cutting up and focus on these math problems!
5. verb To behave in an angry and perhaps violent manner. In this usage, "up" is typically followed by "rough." Don't leave those guys alone together—they've been known to cut up rough when they disagree with each other.
6. noun One prone to joking or playing around. In this usage, the phrase is usually hyphenated. My son is constantly getting in trouble at school because he's such a cut-up.
7. adjective Anguished. After the funeral, I was cut up for the rest of the day.
8. adjective, slang Having well-defined abdominal muscles. Did you see that lifeguard with his shirt off? He's totally cut up!
See also: cut, up

cut

(oneself) loose (from someone or something) to get out from under the domination of someone or something. At last, she cut herself loose from her mother. She had to cut loose from home. Everyone wished that Todd would cut himself loose from his mother.

cut

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cut

1. mod. alcohol intoxicated. He got cut on beer, which is unusual for him.
2. tv. to dilute something. She always cuts her eggnog with cola. Yuck!
3. n. a share of the loot or the profits. (Originally underworld.) You’ll get your cut when everybody else does.
4. n. a single song or section of music on a record. This next cut is one everybody likes.
5. tv. to eliminate something; to stop (doing something). Okay, chum, cut the clowning.
6. mod. muscular; with well-defined muscles, especially in reference to the abdominal muscles. He works out and he’s really cut!
7. mod. circumcised. (Not usually prenominal.) I’m not cut and neither is my brother.

cut

/give (someone) some slack
Slang To make an allowance for (someone), as in allowing more time to finish something.
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The waviness of the laser cut surface depends on the laser cutting parameters.
12 : to cause painful feelings <That remark really cut.
One of her best friends, a young man who cut on his stomach, has also entered treatment.
A giant showdown with all revenues and spending on the table would certainly call the bluff of Republican conservatives who say they want to cut spending but have never been willing to take the political consequences of doing so.
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In the FY 2007 budget, President Bush proposes to make permanent the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts that reduced individual rates, set a 15 percent rate on capital gains, and increase the child credit to $1,000.
It's a lot faster, and, normally you can only cut things like that in a straight line," he adds.
That's the deal: Budget cuts if you're not rich, tax cuts if you are.
Corollary 1 There exists a Hamiltonian cycle for any conforming triangular grid, of size at least 2, that contains no local cut vertices.
All wing cuts to the point must be made through the elbow.
As Milton Friedman once put it, if you cut long-term taxes without cutting long-term spending, your aren't really reducing the tax burden at all.
When most people think about a pork chop, they have center cut in mind.
The smart course is to cut costs while keeping strategically important operations strong and retaining the most valuable employees.
Layoffs are thinning the ranks of the real estate industry, as several prominent firms have cut staff or are preparing to do so.
According to the conventional wisdom, a tax cut proposal was perhaps necessary in the Republican primaries, to fend off the likes of Steve Forbes.