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    Letterman makes in-studio apology to wife, staffers - CNN.com
    "Now the other thing is my wife, Regina. She has been horribly hurt by my behavior, and when something happens like that, if you hurt a person and it's your responsibility, you try to fix it. And at that point, there's only two things that can happen: Either you're going to make some progress and get it fixed, or you're going to fall short and perhaps not get it fixed, so let me tell you folks, I got my work cut out for me."

    I got my work cut out for me.
    What does "cut out" mean?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Hello.

    Letterman makes in-studio apology to wife, staffers - CNN.com
    "Now the other thing is my wife, Regina. She has been horribly hurt by my behavior, and when something happens like that, if you hurt a person and it's your responsibility, you try to fix it. And at that point, there's only two things that can happen: Either you're going to make some progress and get it fixed, or you're going to fall short and perhaps not get it fixed, so let me tell you folks, I got my work cut out for me."

    I got my work cut out for me.
    What does "cut out" mean?

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    This phrase means "I have a lot of work to do / difficult work to do; my task will be very challenging"

    "to have your work cut out for you," which means to be facing an obviously difficult task, one which is as much as one person could possibly handle. ...

    ... the history of the phrase, which did originally refer to sewing. While having someone else follow the pattern and cut out the proper bits of cloth from which to sew a jacket, for instance, would no doubt be helpful, the most arduous part of the job is actually sewing all the pieces together. Today the phrase can be applied to any sort of work or effort, and "to have your work cut out for you" means that your task is clear and ready to be tackled, but all the more daunting because you can clearly see exactly what needs to be done.
    "To have your work cut out for you" is a remarkably old phrase, dating back to around 1600, and occurs in Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" as well as the works of several other famous authors.

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    Default Re: I got my work cut out for me.

    - I have my work cut out for me.
    - I've got my work cut out for me.
    - I got my work cut out for me.
    Are these interchangeable?


    Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary
    have your work cut out for you
    ◊If you have your work cut out for you, the thing you need to do is very difficult, and you have to work very hard to achieve it.
    ▪ She knew she had her work cut out for her, but she was willing to do whatever it took to succeed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    - I have my work cut out for me.
    - I've got my work cut out for me.
    - I got my work cut out for me.
    Are these interchangeable?

    The third one is ungrammatical.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    - I have my work cut out for me.
    - I've got my work cut out for me.
    - I got my work cut out for me.
    Are these interchangeable?


    Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary
    have your work cut out for you
    ◊If you have your work cut out for you, the thing you need to do is very difficult, and you have to work very hard to achieve it.
    ▪ She knew she had her work cut out for her, but she was willing to do whatever it took to succeed.
    All the sentences more or less convey the same meaning..

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