cut to (someone or something)

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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. I was watching the football game when they cut to breaking news about the wildfire.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: cut, to

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.
See also: cut, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Cllr Teresa Higgins, Middlesbrough's representative, said: "You can't say they've cut us to the bone because they haven't, they've cut us to the marrow.
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The writer of the Book of Hebrews says that "the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." Which is to say that the Bible claims to be an antidote to humbug; and in an age as devoted to humbuggery, self-promotion, and conceit as this one is, powerful words that aim to cut us to the existential quick make us nervous.
Warrington coach Darryl Van de Velde says of Peachey: "If we don't get a good chasing game on this guy from our kicks he'll cut us to pieces."
"While the Union Jack flew out stiffly in the icy gale that cut us to the bone, we looked south with our powerful glasses, but could see nothing but the dead white snow plain."