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cut verb

1 with a knife/scissors, etc.

ADV. thick Make sure you cut the bread nice and thick. | thinly | cleanly Cut the stem cleanly, just beneath a leaf joint. | easily Sandstone cuts easily. | crossways, lengthways Cut the courgette in half lengthways. | away, down cutting down trees

PREP. from They cut away all the dead branches from the tree. | into She picked up the knife and cut into the meat. He cut the bread into thin slices. | through I can't cut through this wood.

PHRASES cut and paste (computing) You can cut and paste between different programs. | cut sb/sth free Two survivors were cut free after being trapped for twenty minutes. | cut sth into pieces Cut the cake into six pieces. | cut sth in half/two She cut the loaf in two and gave me one of the halves. | cut sth open She fell and cut her head open.

2 reduce sth

ADV. considerably, drastically, significantly | short His career was cut short by injury.

VERB + CUT try to | manage to We have managed to cut our costs quite drastically. | be forced to, have to

PREP. by The department has to cut its spending by 30%. | from, to The price has been cut from £250 to £175. PHRASAL VERBS cut back

ADV. drastically, savagely, severely, significantly Social work services have been cut back drastically.

VERB + CUT be forced to, have to

PREP. on Local authorities have been forced to cut back on expenditure. cut down

ADV. considerably, drastically | gradually

VERB + CUT try to | manage to | advise sb to

PREP. on I'm trying to cut down on fatty foods. cut sb/sth off

1 interrupt sb/sth

ADV. abruptly, suddenly His thoughts were abruptly cut off by a blinding flash of pain.

2 prevent sb/sth leaving/reaching a place

ADV. completely, totally, utterly, wholly | effectively, largely, virtually

PREP. from They were completely cut off from the outside world.