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cut capers

Also, cut a caper. Frolic or romp, as in The children cut capers in the pile of raked leaves. The noun caper comes from the Latin for "goat," and the allusion is to act in the manner of a young goat clumsily frolicking about. The expression was first recorded in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night (1:3): "Faith, I can cut a caper."
See also: caper, cut
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Commonly it appears in the verb phrase "cut a caper" as in Pericles: Boult's advertising of the virginal Miranda so excites Monsieur Veroles (whose name derives from verole, the French for "pox") that "He offered to cut a caper at the proclamation" (scene 16.