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cut

1. verb To stop doing something. You better cut these antics before your father gets home. Cut the eye-rolling, will you?
2. verb To make a recording of something, usually musical. Our band is going out to LA to cut a demo.
3. noun A portion of the profits from something, such as a business venture. I better get a cut of this deal—I came up with the original concept!
4. noun A single song on an album or other compilation. Here's a cut from their latest record.
5. adjective, slang Circumcised. Guys who aren't cut can be self-conscious.
6. adjective, slang Having well-defined muscles, especially the abdominals. Did you see that lifeguard with his shirt off? He's really cut!
7. adjective, slang Drunk. Do you remember last night at the bar at all? You were really cut!

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

cuts

slang Well-defined muscles, especially the abdominals. Did you see that lifeguard with his shirt off? His cuts are ridiculous!
See also: cut

cutting

1. Mean-spirited. Oh, I stopped listening to Drew a long time ago. All he does is make cutting remarks about our family.
2. Sharp or piercing. I buttoned the collar of my coat against the cutting wind.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

cut

verb
See cut up

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.

cuts

n. sharply defined musculature, especially in the abdominal area. Look at the cuts on that guy! What great abs!
See also: cut
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

cut

/give (someone) some slack
Slang To make an allowance for (someone), as in allowing more time to finish something.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Until now, such laser sources have used a fixed beam quality, and the cutting performance has been characterised over a wide range of output powers, identifying the range of suitable focal spot sizes which produce good cuts. The selection of a particular focal spot size for a given laser cutting system can be made using a 'One Spot Size Fits All' approach, where one lens combination is used to process all metal types and thicknesses.
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(5) the objects that cutting produces (speaking turns, omissions, retentions, quotations, prints from engravings, "the director's cut" in films, items collaged in multimedia performances).
Many patches can be cut from strips of fabric by rotary cutting.
It means, that they have a high resistance and ability to perform interrupted cut in this material.
Master this trick and you won't have to lug lumber to the sawhorse for every cut. It's simple and saves countless trips back and forth.
(2) The second model describing striation formations on the laser cut surfaces was introduced by Arata, Miyamoto and Maruo and is generally more established.
CUT utilised four specialised Diamond Wire Cutting Machines (DWCM) of 10, 18, 30 and 50 inch cutting capacity along with the custom-built 60--120 inch Modular DWCM.
By using a three-wheel assembly, the 8000 E-Cut mower has greater maneuverability, allowing it to cut tighter areas often cut by a greens mower.
Manhole Cutter/Extractor is a tool the cuts a circular groove around a manhole frame and removes the frame and road over cut in one, five- to 10-minute operation.
For the purposes of this study, the fresh-cut produce universe is defined as both UPC and random-weight coded fruit and vegetables that are cut or prepared to add convenience for the end buyer.