Meaning of cut up in English:

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phrasal verb

  • 1cut something up, cut up somethingDivide something into pieces with a sharp implement.

    ‘I sat in the kitchen and peeled and cut up potatoes’
    • ‘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.’
  • 2cut someone up, cut up someoneBritish informal Drive aggressively into the path of another driver while overtaking.

    • ‘he was threatened with a baseball bat after cutting up another driver’
  • 3cut someone up, cut up someoneNorth American informal Criticize someone severely.

    • ‘my kids cut him up about his appetite all the time’
    find fault with, censure, denounce, condemn, arraign, attack, lambast, 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
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  • 4North American informal Behave in a naughty or unruly way.

    • ‘where I was raised, when somebody saw you cutting up, they went to you and disciplined you, and then told your parents’
    • ‘‘She was kind of getting a little antsy in there, there was a couple of horses cutting up,’ Bourque said.’
    fool around, fool about, play the fool, act foolishly, act the clown, act the fool, act the goat, play about, play around, monkey about, monkey around, play tricks, indulge in horseplay, engage in high jinks
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  • 5British (of a racecourse or sports pitch) become churned up.

    ‘the course cut up badly’
    • ‘real grass is injected with plastic fibres to improve drainage and stop the pitch cutting up’
  • 6 informal (of a horse race) have a particular selection of runners.

    • ‘the race has cut up badly with no other opposition from England’


  • 1predicative (of soft ground) rutted and uneven after the passage of heavy vehicles or animals.

    ‘This causes the surface to be cut up by the metal shoes and compacts the grounds in other parts causing water to gather in the ‘rainy season,’ which in turn becomes rank and boggy.’
    • ‘The turf was severely cut up by travellers' vehicles.’
    • ‘The ice was barely any smoother, but here it was cut up by the passage of so many other skaters, instead of having that natural roughness caused by the waves and ripples in the water as it froze.’
  • 2 informal predicative (of a person) very distressed.

    • ‘she was pretty cut up about them leaving’
    • ‘But I have been needing the retail therapy, I am still cut up about Lea, although I have been trying to suppress it more and more.’
    • ‘Firstly I am still cut up about Lea, and I will be for a while - it's just poor timing that my crisis and Allison's seem to have coincided.’
    • ‘I'm too cut up about the whole thing and I'm not entirely sure that they understand just how much hurt they have caused.’
    • ‘Jason was pretty cut up when she threw him out but I told him it served him right for chasing skirt all the time.’
    • ‘He couldn't figure out why Robin was so cut up about this chick.’
    • ‘I remember being cut up about it at school that day, even though Sparky was Lucy's cat.’
    • ‘Ok, I admit it, I'm preparing you for the worst, it's been a really poor month for me - but I know for sure that it's been a poor month for most people fishing my rivers so I don't feel too cut up about it.’
    • ‘She called yesterday evening and she sounded a lot better, still pretty cut up about it though, hardly surprising.’
    • ‘I saw you running out of school and you looked pretty cut up about something.’
    • ‘She was stunned and I explained that Dad wasn't used to seeing me so cut up about a boy and didn't know how to handle it.’
    • ‘Interesting that the revolutionary animals of the Hundred Anarchist Wood are all cut up about the demise of the Friday Five.’
    • ‘I sighed seeing the distress in my brother, cut up over a girl.’
    upset, distressed, miserable, unhappy, sad, troubled, dismayed, saddened, grieved, hurt, devastated, traumatized
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(also cut-up)
  • 1A film or sound recording made by cutting and editing material from pre-existing recordings.

    ‘the band use old movie and televangelist cut ups and rap-influenced vocals’
    • ‘It is a rich brew of voice cut ups and deep, ambient electronics.’
    • ‘Her video montages are rather like cut ups from the 1980s or cable TV now, where rapid-fire montage irony is a transport mechanism for promos and ad breaks.’
    • ‘Quinoline Yellow's ‘Sunny delight suit’ is an exhaustive process of furious digital hard drive cut ups that really do give your head the dizzy's and sounds like a Star Wars light sabre battle on fast forward.’
    • ‘That said cut ups of The Smiths, S Club 7, Frank Sinatra, Cypress Hill, RAM Trilogy and David Bowie are all present in one form or another.’
    • ‘I have done some recent work with cut ups and tapes recently.’
    • ‘Mash-ups or cutups as they are called in the UK are all the rage in England, but are slowly catching on in the US, partly because of the sorry state of American Radio.’
    • ‘The disc is filled with fractured percussion: ‘Luminescent Exultant Chariot’ is constituted entirely by sputtering drum cutups, minimal, rounded synth tones and Lenzi's solemn sing/speak.’
    • ‘Similarly, the quasi-improvised soundscaping on ‘In The City That Reads,’ led by Lindsay's guitar squelches and a host of computer cutups, proves satisfying and frustrating in equal measure.’
    • ‘When we put together cutups of their third-and-long plays, the reel was the shortest of anyone we played.’
    • ‘‘Windmill’ is the title track's crisper cousin, stumbling in with a string of vocal cutups and featuring a reserved but energetic percussion breakdown.’
    • ‘More abstract delights are offered by King Camera (Diarmuid again, this time meeting with Volcano The Bear), whose psychedelic folk cutups sound like the Incredible String Band and the Red Crayola remixed by Pierre Henry.’
  • 2North American informal A person who is fond of making jokes or playing the fool.

    • ‘she insists she was ‘never a class cut-up’, but her sister was always pretty funny’
    • ‘Mom said that she was a big cutup and a joker, always fooling around and stuff, and she was up on the conveyor belt dancing.’
    • ‘I wished suddenly I had been more of a class cutup.’
    • ‘I could see clearly enough that the vast majority of my fifth-graders genuinely wanted to learn - but all it took to subvert the whole enterprise were a few cutups.’
    • ‘Don't they realize that it doesn't matter if one candidate is a likable cutup and the other one a superior stiff when it comes to stuff like global warming, a patients' bills of rights, Social Security, the right to choose, etc.?’
    • ‘He was a cutup, but he didn't have a mean bone in his body.’
    • ‘From the folks who brought you last season's ‘Merlin’ comes a ‘Noah's Ark’ in which the Lord is a cutup and Noah's really in the drink.’
    • ‘Tom White, who might have been called a campus cutup, had a distinguished career, became a brigadier general, then went off to a civilian career that led back to the job of Secretary of the Army.’
    • ‘He was a Jew, a leftist, an activist, an intellectual, a bit of a cutup, and a pretty nice guy.’
    • ‘Smart Alex is gifted and handsome but plays here a moping wise guy, a comic - or tragic - cutup, a fellow of funny hats and accents, with a pistol in his brown paper bag.’