cut capers(redirected from cut a caper)
To play and run around in a jubilant manner. The weather is so nice that the kids have been cutting capers in the backyard all morning.
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."