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    The meaning of "cut up".

    What is the meaning of "cut up" in the following expression?
    (I got so "cut up" in that play that I lost all tracks of time.)
    I looked it up in the Merriam-Webster dictionary and found as a transitive verb it means:

    1-to cut into parts or pieces b: to injure or damage by or as if by cutting: GASH, SLASH
    2: to subject to hostile criticism: CENSURE
    but from the above sentence, I think the definition of "cut up" must be some things like: be interested in or be engrossed in
    are you agree with me on this?

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    Re: The meaning of "cut up".

    Quote Originally Posted by georgemartin22 View Post
    What is the meaning of "cut up" in the following expression?
    (I got so "cut up" in that play that I lost all tracks of time.)
    I looked it up in the Merriam-Webster dictionary and found as a transitive verb it means:

    1-to cut into parts or pieces b: to injure or damage by or as if by cutting: GASH, SLASH
    2: to subject to hostile criticism: CENSURE
    but from the above sentence, I think the definition of "cut up" must be some things like: be interested in or be engrossed in
    are you agree with me on this?

    The only thing I can think of is that you must have (mis)heard this sentence!

    "I got so caught up in that play.........." makes sense because it's a way of saying you became so involved in it that you lost track of time.

    You can be "cut up" if you are upset............

    "I was really cut up when my girlfriend finished with me".

    ........but I don't think that's what your sentence is saying.

    buggles (not a teacher)

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    Re: The meaning of "cut up".

    Quote Originally Posted by buggles View Post
    The only thing I can think of is that you must have (mis)heard this sentence!

    "I got so caught up in that play.........." makes sense because it's a way of saying you became so involved in it that you lost track of time.

    You can be "cut up" if you are upset............

    "I was really cut up when my girlfriend finished with me".

    ........but I don't think that's what your sentence is saying.

    buggles (not a teacher)
    thanks. It is the sound file. Could you check it out?
    Region000.mp3

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    Re: The meaning of "cut up".

    Quote Originally Posted by buggles View Post
    The only thing I can think of is that you must have (mis)heard this sentence!

    "I got so caught up in that play.........." makes sense because it's a way of saying you became so involved in it that you lost track of time.

    You can be "cut up" if you are upset............

    "I was really cut up when my girlfriend finished with me".

    ........but I don't think that's what your sentence is saying.

    buggles (not a teacher)
    Agreed.


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    Re: The meaning of "cut up".

    I agree, it's "Caught up", not "Cut up."

    It's the American accent and the person speaking quickly, making "Caught" sound a lot like like "cut".

    "I got so caught up (Engrossed, paying lots of attention to, Rivited, concentrating on, interested in) with that play that I lost all track of time too."

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    Re: The meaning of "cut up".

    cut up :

    a. to cut into pieces or sections.
    b. to lacerate; wound.
    c. to distress mentally; injure.
    d. Informal . to play pranks; misbehave: They got scolded for cutting up in church.


    see definition # 78
    Cut | Define Cut at Dictionary.com
    Last edited by duiter; 18-Dec-2010 at 03:12. Reason: edit

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    Smile Re: The meaning of "cut up".

    In this sentence, it means: to behave strangely, in a very active and silly way in order to make people laugh.

    Devon

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    Re: The meaning of "cut up".

    I totally agree with Buggles; it can also be a noun (e.g. "that guy is a clown, he's a total 'cut up'."
    B.

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    #9

    Re: The meaning of "cut up".

    Assuming that we're still talking about CUT UP as per the title and not caught up which was actually what was said in the sound file, I would like to add the following for anyone else who stumbles on the thread and is interested in the meaning of cut up:

    In addition to the other accepted uses (to cut into pieces, to be upset etc), British English also has the phrasal verb "cut up" in the context of bad driving. For example:

    "Did you see that idiot in the BMW? He just cut me up and now he's gone across all three lanes without indicating!" It basically means to swerve or pull in front of someone much too quickly or closely (i.e. dangerously)

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