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    Smile struggling with "to cut out"

    Dear teachers, it may be silly but I am having difficulties to understand the phrasal verb "to cut out". Below are some examples.

    1) It's possible that Ellison was not really cut out to be a novelist. One observation came from Ernest Gaines, who found Invisible Man " a cold book. It's more a collection of essays than a novel.

    2) " You say they don't like you in Russia, but don't you ever feel that no one likes you anywhere? I mean, no one was ever cut out to like you no matter what you do or where you go, so you just settle for whatever comes your way? "

    3) Whether in army uniform or in politics, Ariel Sharon has always prided himself as being the kind of leader who is able to shape events rather than for him to be shaped by the events. It's thought he'll have his work cut out to prove that again now, given the context of the turbulence of Israel's political climate.

    In those sentences, what does "cut out" mean?
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    Default Re: struggling with "to cut out"

    #1/#2 To be cut out to be/for something = Well suited to; appropriate for; fit for a particular activity or purpose

    #3 work cut out to prove = will have to try hard to resolve something.

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    Default Re: struggling with "to cut out"

    Quote Originally Posted by dilermando View Post
    Dear teachers, it may be silly but I am having difficulties to understand the phrasal verb "to cut out". Below are some examples.

    1) It's possible that Ellison was not really cut out to be a novelist. One observation came from Ernest Gaines, who found Invisible Man " a cold book. It's more a collection of essays than a novel.

    2) " You say they don't like you in Russia, but don't you ever feel that no one likes you anywhere? I mean, no one was ever cut out to like you no matter what you do or where you go, so you just settle for whatever comes your way? "

    3) Whether in army uniform or in politics, Ariel Sharon has always prided himself as being the kind of leader who is able to shape events rather than for him to be shaped by the events. It's thought he'll have his work cut out to prove that again now, given the context of the turbulence of Israel's political climate.

    In those sentences, what does "cut out" mean?
    "cut out" is a metaphor for what a tailor does. A piece is "cut out" for a particular purpose, and only one purpose. So, if someone is good at something, we say that must have been "cut out" for it.
    [And even though I've mentioned tailor, I'm not going to make another fish pun. Upon my sole!].

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    Smile Re: struggling with "to cut out"

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    [And even though I've mentioned tailor, I'm not going to make another fish pun. Upon my sole!].
    I would like to read a pun with the "cut out". But it must be a good one!

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    Default Re: struggling with "to cut out"

    Quote Originally Posted by dilermando View Post
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    [And even though I've mentioned tailor, I'm not going to make another fish pun. Upon my sole!].


    I would like to read a pun with the "cut out". But it must be a good one!
    "Cut out" isn't really cut out for making puns with. However, there is a fish connection. If a hook gets caught in the fish's mouth, you have to cut it out.
    Come to think of it, maybe I should cut it out as well!

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