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cut up

1. verb To chop something into smaller pieces. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "cut" and "up." You need to cut up these onions so we can use them as a garnish.
2. verb To judge or criticize someone or something harshly. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "cut" and "up." I thought I had done a good job on the project, but my boss just cut me up, pointing out every little thing I had overlooked.
3. verb To cause someone to laugh. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "cut" and "up." His remark cut up the rest of the group, but I just didn't think it was funny.
4. verb To joke or play around. Boys! Stop cutting up and focus on these math problems!
5. verb To behave in an angry and perhaps violent manner. In this usage, "up" is typically followed by "rough." Don't leave those guys alone together—they've been known to cut up rough when they disagree with each other.
6. noun One prone to joking or playing around. In this usage, the phrase is usually hyphenated. My son is constantly getting in trouble at school because he's such a cut-up.
7. adjective Anguished. After the funeral, I was totally cut up for the rest of the day.
8. adjective, slang Defined in the abdominal muscles. In this usage, "up" is optional. Did you see that lifeguard with his shirt off? He's totally cut!
See also: cut, up

cut up rough

To behave in an angry and perhaps violent manner. Don't leave those guys alone together—they've been known to cut up rough when they disagree with each other.
See also: cut, rough, up

cut up rough

BRITISH, INFORMAL
If someone cuts up rough, they suddenly become extremely angry or violent. Take someone with you in case he cuts up rough.
See also: cut, rough, up