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.
See also: cut, dead

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.
See also: cut, dead

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.
See also: cut, dead, someone

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.
See also: cut, dead, someone

cut someone dead

completely ignore someone.
See also: cut, dead, someone

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
References in classic literature ?
That same afternoon Wingrave met Aynesworth and cut him dead.
Fuddlestone, old friends of the house, wouldn't sit on the bench with Sir Pitt at Quarter Sessions, and cut him dead in the High Street of Southampton, where the reprobate stood offering his dirty old hands to them.
even went so far as to turn away and cut him dead in the street.
But when Kidd accepted the manager's job at Blackburn Rovers Fergie apparently cut him dead and their once close friendship was over.
Last night, an insider revealed: "Calista cut him dead and left the club.