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cut through (something)

1. To slice something and penetrate its surface. I don't think that knife is sharp enough to cut through the fruit's tough rind.
2. To move across an area, often as a shortcut. I'm sick of all these kids cutting through my yard to get to the school down the street. We'll get there quicker if we cut through the park.
3. To do something in a simple or straightforward way, bypassing a more complex alternative. Can you please cut through all this legalese and tell us exactly what the subpoena is saying?
4. To penetrate and be noticeable amidst something, often noise, confusion, etc. Luckily, the gym teacher's whistle cut through the din of yelling children. I think this article is unique enough to cut through the glut of essays out there.
5. To make a path through something. Our footprints cut a path through the freshly fallen snow.
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cut through something

to penetrate something by cutting; to slice through something. The worker cut through the steel door with a torch. Walter cut through the rind of the watermelon.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

cut through

v.
1. To penetrate or slice through something: He cut through the tough steak with a knife.
2. To avoid or bypass something complicated; circumvent something: Lets cut through the red tape and get this matter resolved.
3. To travel across some region, rather than around it: We cut through the field to get to school. The snow isn't deep here; let's cut through.
4. To create a passageway through something by cutting: Someone had cut a path through the woods.
5. To interrupt something: The judge's gavel cut through my objections.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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