Meaning of cut a dash in English:

cut a dash


  • Be stylish or impressive in one's dress or behaviour.

    ‘the foreign secretary wanted to cut a dash in Brussels’
    • ‘Meeting at Oxford (they all took Firsts), they began to explore their political and personal ‘hinterlands’, cutting a dash in Union debates, arguing over Labour's soul, and soaking up a wider culture.’
    • ‘Apart from cutting a dash with the kind of high-tech gear that keeps you looking cool while ensuring your body remains toasty, a few little extras will make you stand out from the crowd.’
    • ‘Maybe we really are on the verge of a renaissance, a footballing efflorescence that will see scores of talented Scottish players wooing back fans and cutting a dash on the world stage.’
    • ‘For the one-time model and Colchester beauty queen, providing a good haircut is every bit as rewarding as cutting a dash on the beauty podium.’
    • ‘In the circumstances, Sutton could be excused for not cutting a dash.’
    • ‘The clean lines and big 17-inch alloy wheels can certainly cut a dash in the company car park, before heading home for the weekend to hitch up the horsebox to go off into the wild green yonder.’
    • ‘But, if I'm honest, men under 50 don't cut a dash in them.’
    • ‘Ski fashion presents a unique challenge to even the smartest among us, but bear in mind that no one can really cut a dash in a bobble hat and two-tone anorak.’
    • ‘Not only does the costumed pink sensation cut a dash around the diamond, it changes its name every year.’
    • ‘I had no thermals, but cut a dash with pyjama bottoms under my jeans and a borrowed Cossack hat.’