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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.
cut up roughBRITISH, INFORMAL
If someone cuts up rough, they suddenly become extremely angry or violent. Take someone with you in case he cuts up rough.
cut up roughbehave in an aggressive, quarrelsome, or awkward way. British informal
Cut up is here being used in the sense of ‘behave’. The phrase cut up rough is used by Dickens and the variant cut up savage (now no longer in use) by Thackeray.
1998 Spectator The jury, knowing full well that Clodius' supporters could cut up rough, asked for and received state protection.