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cut (someone or something) to (someone or something)

To slice or chop something into a particular state (such as "shreds" or "bits"). Sharks cut their prey to shreds with their razor-sharp teeth.
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cut to (someone or something)

1. To swiftly undermine one's or an argument. As in the first usage, "to" is typically followed by a particular state, such as "shreds" or "bits." If you make this argument, an experienced lawyer will cut you to shreds. You better find another angle for your argument because an experienced lawyer will cut this one to bits.
2. In film, TV, or video editing, to abruptly interrupt a sequence in order to show something else. In this usage, "cut to" is a set phrase. I was watching the football game when they cut to breaking news about the wildfire.
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cut someone or something to something

1. Lit. to chop or slice up someone or something, especially to bits or pieces. The chef cut the carrots to bite-size pieces. The lawn mower will cut you to bits if you get under it.
2. Fig. to destroy an argument; to destroy someone's argument. The lawyer heard her argument and cut her to bits. She cut the argument to pieces.
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cut to someone or something

to shift the radio, movie, or television audience's attention abruptly to someone or something new. Suddenly, the engineer cut to the announcer. The technical director cut to a remote unit that was covering an accident. The camera cut to scenes of Atlanta burning.
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If he hits 2 in the corner, as shown, he will cut to the basket and then out to the opposite corner, while 4 and 5 v-cut to replace the open spaces in front of them.
8), post 5 will curl-cut to the dotted line and seal the nearest defender, and opposite-wing 2 will cut to the basket.
Several vacant positions will be eliminated and other staffers will be reassigned to other jobs or programs in order to handle the $509,000 cut to his department's $38 million budget.
8 million deficit was then wiped out the next day, largely by applying a 2 percent, across-the-board cut to all departments.
Deming said residents aren't opposed to feeding the koalas, they just don't want the trees cut to stumps in the process.
Sketchy on what government programs he would cut to make up for his $548 billion in forgone tax revenue, Dole, a former chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, nonetheless contended there was ``no magic'' to achieving his goal of a 3.
One Democratic condition would require that gasoline companies and service station dealers pass along the cut to consumers by lowering prices at the pump at least 4.