cut (one) dead

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cut (one) dead

To totally ignore someone, usually out of anger or displeasure. I was hoping to reconcile with Mandy today, but when I approached, she just cut me dead.
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cut someone dead

to ignore someone totally. Joan was just about to speak to James when he walked away and cut her dead. Jean cut her former husband dead.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

cut someone dead

Pretend not to see or recognize someone, as in "Any fellow was to be cut dead by the entire school" (Benjamin Disraeli, Vivien Grey, 1826). This idiom, in the first half of the 1600s, began as to cut one; in the early 1800s dead was added for greater emphasis.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

cut someone dead

BRITISH
If you cut someone dead, you deliberately ignore them or refuse to speak to them. I belonged to the same golf club as my father-in-law and if I ever saw him at the clubhouse he'd cut me dead. There were times when she would cut you dead.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

cut someone dead

completely ignore someone.
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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

cut somebody ˈdead

pretend not to see somebody or not greet somebody in order to show your anger, dislike, etc: Jim has just cut me dead in the street. I’m sure it must be because I criticized his work yesterday.
See also: cut, dead, somebody
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References in classic literature ?
She was willing to go into the black grave and remain in its blackness forever, to go into the salt vats and let the young men cut her dead flesh to sausage-meat, if--if only she could get her small meed of happiness first.
As she approached her climactic point, asking: "Are we going to settle for a nastier and poorer Britain - a Downton Abbey-style society, in which the living standards of the vast majority are sacrificed to protect the high living of the well-to-do?" the BBC cut her dead and switched coverage to news that a duchess was seven months away from giving birth to a duke's son.
Author Iain McDowall will be discussing his latest work, a thriller called Cut Her Dead, at Dickens Heath Library on Thursday, February 28.
CUT HER DEAD by Iain McDowell (Piatkus pounds 6.99) VERDICT: ***