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cut bait

1. To give up on something. Taken from the phrase "fish or cut bait," meaning to either work productively or else stand aside. After three years of hating medical school, Sean decided it was time to cut bait and try something different.
2. Literally, to cut fish into small pieces to be used as bait. These days, bait is mostly processed in a factory, but I still like to cut bait myself when I'm out fishing.
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cut bait

To abandon an activity or enterprise.
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Cynics say the suspension was a defensive move -- Arab leaders, scared of their own restless publics, cut bait with a teetering government in Damascus.
Above all, fish or cut bait. Otherwise known as "make up your mind." If you want to be an enterprise software and services company, be the best damn enterprise and services company you can be.
both to experiment and to cut bait is one of the things that made the Bentonville retailer so successful.
"We had no debt on the property, and we could have held on to it pretty easily, so we said we might as well cut bait and move on," Ball said.
Anglers fish from boat and shore, using a variety of plugs, lures and cut bait. Because of the sharp teeth, use wire leaders.
"You can either fish or cut bait We're here to fish, the other party's here to cut bail And while they're cutting bait here, they're cutting and running over there.
Ever since that protracted disaster, my husband and I have been on a mission, convincing young men to "fish or cut bait." And a few years ago, when we had a thirty-something friend over for dinner, that became the occasion for our codifying "the James Rule."
It benefits the employer then to know when to fish or cut bait. "Do whatever you can to try to get a worker to succeed.
For the bluff Van den Ende, it's either fish or cut bait; the telco should let Endemol get on with business or "sell it.
It was time, to use the old cliche, "to fish or cut bait."
Landlords can object to any further extensions saying it is time for the tenant to fish or cut bait," Perkiel said.
Daniel Luther of Petri Hell thinks it is time for Fishnet's experts to either fish or cut bait. "I'm a fish biologist myself," he says, "so I know how careful academics have to be, and I understand that the problems are complex.
For each issue, they believe they must fish or cut bait, sometimes even when information and time are limited.
"Agencies Face Decision on Year 2000: Fix or Cut Bait." Government Computer News.
In an April 3 letter he circulated to supporters, Dobson said it is time for the Republicans to "fish or cut bait" and added, "They have to understand that we will abandon them if they continue to ignore the most important issues.