cut (one) dead

(redirected from cut them dead)

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 periodicals archive ?
Next time you bump into Davina McCall or David Walliams and they start boasting about the agonies they endured for Sport Relief just cut them dead with this: "Yeah?
The two men were about to tell their story when she cut them dead mid sentence.
That's about as cruel as he gets and sometimes, when he lets the chopsier elements of the crowd interrupt his rhythm, you wish he could cut them dead with a well-aimed profanity.