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cut across (something)

1. To move across an area, often as a shortcut. I'm sick of all these kids cutting across my yard in order to get to the school down the street. We'll get there quicker if we cut across the park.
2. To break through a particular barrier. Because that senator's views really seem to cut across party lines, I think he'll be able to appeal to the most people as our presidential candidate.
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cut across something

1. . and cut across Lit. to travel across a particular area; to take a shortcut across a particular area. Please don't cut across the neighbor's yard anymore.
2. Fig. to reach beyond something; to embrace a wide variety; to slice across a figurative boundary or barrier. His teaching cut across all human cultures and races. This rule cuts across all social barriers.
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cut across

Go beyond, transcend, as in The new regulations cut across class lines. This figurative use of cut across, which literally means "run through" or "intersect," dates from the 1920s.
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cut across

1. To travel across some region, rather than around it: We can get to the house faster if we just cut across the front lawn.
2. To affect or concern a number of different groups of persons or things: The issue of health care cuts across all social classes.
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It cut across, from south to north, at an angle that later disrupted the orderly grid of city streets laid out by the city planners in 1811.
Noguchi's works are deceptively simple: Most here were landscapes with horizon lines that cut across the lower third of the photograph.
But an intensive 3-year preschool program appears to foster general problem-solving skills that cut across subject areas in later grades, says Sprigle.
Scales' shots of African-American men maintain a formal distance: they are elegant representations of cultural rituals that often cut across racial boundaries.
This slowdown cut across nearly all industry sectors and size categories.
In "Slouching Toward 2000" images of an alternative female identity and the questioning of gender, sexual, and racial stereo-types also cut across media.