cut it out(redirected from cut that out)
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cut it out
To stop doing something. Often used as an imperative. Come on, man, cut it out! We'll totally get in trouble if you keep throwing the ball in the house! If they don't cut it out soon, I'm going to go up there and give them a piece of my mind.
1. To remove a shape or figure from something, such as paper, by cutting. The kids are busy cutting out paper dolls for a craft project.
2. To be well-suited for success in a particular area. After being out of school for so long, I don't think that I'm cut out for studying any more.
3. To intermittently lose an audio connection, as on the phone. I'm sorry, I didn't hear what you said—the phone cut out for a second.
4. To depart very quickly. The robbers cut out when the heard the approaching sirens.
5. To eliminate or remove someone or something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "cut" and "out." Which government-funded programs do you think will be cut out next year?
6. To stop doing something. You better cut out these antics before your father gets home. Cut out the eye-rolling, will you?
7. To replace something or render it unimportant or unnecessary. I still love to get snail mail, even though email has largely cut out the need for it.
8. To determine something before taking any action. In this usage, the phrase is used in the passive. I knew I had my work cut out for me when I saw how messy the play room was.
9. To eliminate something, often from one's diet. My doctor told me that I need to cut out fried foods in order to improve my cholesterol.
10. To end unexpectedly or abruptly. Why does the music cut out at the end of the song like that?
11. To stop something from working; to turn something off. When the fuse blew, power to the entire second floor cut out. Look, if you don't pay your bill, the electric company will cut out your electricity.
12. To keep someone from obtaining something, often through disinheritance. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "cut" and "out." If you continue to fight with your mother like this, she may just cut you out of her will.
13. Of a machine, to turn off or stop functioning suddenly. I had to call a tow truck because my engine cut out on my drive home, and I couldn't get it started again. The TV keeps cutting out whenever it's been on for 30 minutes or so.
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Cut it out!
Inf. Stop doing that!; Stop saying that! (Fixed order.) Sue: Why, I think you have a crush on Mary! Tom: Cut it out! "Cut it out!" yelled Tommy as Billy hit him again.
See also: cut
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
cut it out
Stop, desist, as in Cut it out, stop teasing your sister. [c. 1900] Also see cut it, def. 1.
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 it outused to ask someone to stop doing or saying something that is annoying or offensive. informal
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