Meaning of cut and run in English:

cut and run

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  • Make a speedy departure from a difficult situation rather than deal with it.

    • ‘he laughed off suggestions he is ready to cut and run from struggling United’
    • ‘But rather than cut and run, what we really need to do is to stay put and reach out.’
    • ‘I think if we pull, cut and run today, it's going to be chaos and a civil war.’
    • ‘I was ready to cut and run when the tapping on my car window told me it was already too late… he was there.’
    • ‘Claire's lip wobbles but she doesn't seem ready to cut and run.’
    • ‘Underneath the cowboy lingo, the man is light in substance, weak on strategy and quite willing to cut and run from principled position if he feels a chill wind from politics.’
    • ‘Setting an artificial deadline to withdraw would send a signal to our enemies - that if they wait long enough, America will cut and run and abandon its friends.’
    • ‘And we're not going to cut and run if I'm in the Oval Office.’
    • ‘Most people cut and run whenever somebody's accused.’
    • ‘My instinct is to cut and run (actually read my contract of employment this lunchtime to see where I stand) but also feel a certain responsiblity to the company and the job.’
    • ‘Senator, you said it was a mistake, not your mistake, but you called it a mistake and also said you wouldn't cut and run.’
    flee, run, run away, run off, make a run for it, run for it, take flight, be gone, make off, take off, take to one's heels, make a break for it, bolt, beat a retreat, beat a hasty retreat, make a quick exit, make one's getaway, escape, absent oneself, make oneself scarce, abscond, head for the hills, do a disappearing act
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    Originally a nautical phrase, meaning ‘cut the anchor cable because of some emergency and make sail immediately’.