Meaning of cut someone up in English:

cut someone up

phrasal verb

  • 1(of a driver) overtake someone and pull in too closely in front of them.

    • ‘he was threatened with a baseball bat after cutting up another driver’
    • ‘It was pouring with rain that day and I was trying to turn right down an alley off Earls Court Road when suddenly a man pulled out right in front of me and cut me up.’
    • ‘Many a time I have had to batter the side of the bus scaring myself and the passengers inside to warn the bus driver that he was cutting me up and was about to smear me across the pavement.’
    • ‘I consider myself to be a concerned citizen, so if a driver cuts me up or behaves in a manner that I consider to be irresponsible, I should flash my lights and attempt to make him, or her, pull over and explain to them the error of their ways.’
    • ‘Even though I live outside Swindon I come into it quite regularly and get quite upset and angry when other drivers cut you up, because they are in the wrong lanes and leave it till the last minute to get over.’
    • ‘But recently I've taken to doing what I notice the other drivers do when they cut me up at traffic lights.’
    • ‘The delivery driver was near the roundabout when a vehicle pulled alongside him and cut him up.’
    • ‘Seething with suppressed fury when someone cuts you up in traffic or pushes in front of you in a shop queue is a sure way to develop a raging headache, says a US researcher.’
    • ‘Instead they just build up and they eventually reach the point where we explode over something small like a spilt bit of coffee or someone cutting us up in our cars.’
    • ‘I even had grey-haired Grannies cutting me up today.’
    • ‘It's particularly useful when you're driving and someone cuts you up at a roundabout.’
  • 2North American Criticize someone severely.

    • ‘my kids cut him up about his appetite all the time’
    • ‘Finally, after I got through with him, he took it out on Cory by cutting her up.’
    find fault with, censure, denounce, condemn, arraign, attack, lambaste, pillory, disapprove of, carp at, cavil at, rail against, inveigh against, cast aspersions on, pour scorn on, disparage, denigrate, deprecate, malign, vilify, besmirch, run down, give a bad press to