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Related to cut to: cut to the quick
cut (someone or something) to (someone or something)
To slice or chop something into a particular state (such as "shreds" or "bits"). You need to cut these onions to bits so we can use them as a garnish.
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. To begin showing someone or something on TV or film, often abruptly. In this usage, "cut to" is a set phrase. We didn't want to interrupt the football game, but we had to cut to breaking news. I'm a very busy woman, so I need an assistant who can cut to the chase.
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.
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.