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cut across (something)

1. To move across an area, often as a shortcut. I'm sick of all these kids cutting across my yard in order to get to the school down the street. We'll get there quicker if we cut across the park.
2. To break through a particular barrier. Because that senator's views really seem to cut across party lines, I think he'll be able to appeal to the most people as our presidential candidate.
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cut across something

 
1. . and cut across Lit. to travel across a particular area; to take a shortcut across a particular area. Please don't cut across the neighbor's yard anymore.
2. Fig. to reach beyond something; to embrace a wide variety; to slice across a figurative boundary or barrier. His teaching cut across all human cultures and races. This rule cuts across all social barriers.
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cut across

Go beyond, transcend, as in The new regulations cut across class lines. This figurative use of cut across, which literally means "run through" or "intersect," dates from the 1920s.
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cut across

v.
1. To travel across some region, rather than around it: We can get to the house faster if we just cut across the front lawn.
2. To affect or concern a number of different groups of persons or things: The issue of health care cuts across all social classes.
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Furthermore, picking up on Phelps's concern with Black spirituality cutting across denominational boundaries, perhaps Black Catholic scholars of religion are in a unique position to do comparative work (a much needed investigation) on African American religions.
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Anticipating an eventual mass connection to fiber, major private sector firms, many of which are now out of business, built massive long-distance lines using existing utility or energy company infrastructure cutting across state lines.
A third message is less subtle: Cutting across an image of a gently flowing stream amid oak trees is the sentence I'LL SMASH THIS PAINTING OVER YOUR FUCKING HEAD.
An aerial view of part of Bolivia's Amazon features a curious network of zigzag and straight lines cutting across floodplains.
With the advent of enterprise collaboration, companies can pursue drastic cost cutting across the organization, such as significantly reducing business travel and hotel costs, but more importantly, they can facilitate, promote and empower productive interaction between people, regardless of their location.