Phrasal Verbs with 'Cut'

Cut across

Go across a place rather than around it to make the journey quicker

Example: It'll be quicker if we CUT ACROSS the park.

Cut across

Affect people of different groups, classes, etc

Example: The issue CUTS ACROSS social backgrounds as it affects us all equally.

Cut back

Reduce

Example: The firm CUT BACK production because sales were sluggish.

Cut back

Remove branches from a plant or tree to encourage future growth

Example: We CUT the tree BACK every winter.

Cut back on

Reduce expenditure

Example: The government has decided to CUT BACK ON spending on the armed forces.

Cut down

Consume less

Example: I'm trying to CUT DOWN the amount of coffee I drink during the day.

Cut down

Shoot

Example: A lot of soldiers were CUT DOWN by enemy fire as they stormed the airport.

Cut down

Reduce a vertical thing to ground level by cutting

Example: The logger CUT the tree DOWN.

Cut down

Cut something from a high position

Example: After Christmas he didn't carefully detach all the decorations, he just CUT them all DOWN.

Cut down on

Reduce

Example: Doctors advised her to CUT DOWN ON the amount of saturated fats in her diet.

Cut in

Start functioning

Example: The fans CUT IN when the engine starts getting too hot.

Cut in

Drive in front of another vehicle without warning

Example: A car CUT IN and nearly caused an accident.

Cut in

Interrupt

Example: We were having a conversation when he came up and CUT IN.

Cut in

Include someone in a deal that makes money

Example: We had to CUT the police IN on the deal to avoid trouble.

Cut in

Mix fat and flour until the combine

Example: CUT the butter IN with the flour.

Cut it out

Stop your unfair or unreasonable behaviour

Example: Will you two idiots CUT IT OUT and keep quiet.

Cut off

Disconnect

Example: The telephone's been CUT OFF because we didn't pay the bill.

Cut off

Isolate or make inaccessible

Example: The heavy snow has blocked many roads and CUT OFF a number of villages.

Cut out

Exclude

Example: I'm CUTTING OUT salt from my diet.

Cut out

When an engine or motor stops

Example: The car CUT OUT at the traffic lights just as they went green.

Cut out

Cut a picture or similar from a magazine, etc

Example: I CUT some pictures OUT to use as visual aids.

Cut out

Leave quickly

Example: We’d better CUT OUT, the security men are on the way.

Cut out

Separate livestock from a group

Example: They CUT OUT three prime bulls from the herd.

Cut out on

Let down, snub

Example: Although he'd promised to help, the star CUT OUT ON the charity when offered more money.

Cut through

Deal quickly with a complex issue that is causing trouble

Example: She CUT THROUGH the bureaucracy that was holding us up and got the deal done.

Cut through

Go through a place instead of going around it

Example: We CUT THROUGH the park even though it was closed.

Cut up

Cut into smaller pieces

Example: After cutting the tree down, the logger CUT it UP into logs.

Cut up

Drive into a neighbouring lane, directly in front of another vehicle

Example: I was just driving onto the motorway slip-road, when a red Mini CUT me UP and I had to brake suddenly to avoid an accident.

Cut up

Upset

Example: Her reaction really CUT me UP.

Cut up

Have a lot of small injuries

Example: I CUT my hand UP when I broke the glass.