- Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see cut, out To separate into parts with or as if with a sharp-edged instrument; sever.
- Cut out the letters and paste them on the poster.
- (transitive) To refrain from (doing something, using something etc.), to stop/cease (doing something).
- He had to cut out smoking in order to be prepared for the marathon
- She kept clicking her heels. He told her to cut it out.
- 1906, Princeton Alumni Weekly (volume 7, page 210)
- Hockey is an exciting and healthful form of exercise, well suited to college students, but if it is to retain favor the intercollegiate league should cut out the muckerism which has attended its contests on the ice in recent years.
- I have a switch in my apartment that doesn't do anything. Every once in a while I turn it on and off. One day I got a call from a woman in France who said "Cut it out!"
- (transitive) To remove, omit.
- If we cut out the middle-man, we will both have better profits.
- (transitive) To oust, to replace.
- (transitive) To separate from a herd.
- The cowboy cut out the unbranded heifers.
- (intransitive) To stop working, to switch off; (of a person on the telephone etc.) to be inaudible, be disconnected.
- It was around then that the engine suddenly cut out.
- Can you say that again? You keep cutting out.
- (intransitive) To leave suddenly.
- He must have cut out of the party.
- (usually, in passive) To arrange or prepare.
- He has his work cut out for him.
- (transitive) To intercept.
- (nautical) To take a ship out of a harbor etc. by getting between her and the shore.
- Italian: ritagliare
- Russian: выреза́ть
- French: arrêter
- Italian: smetterla, finirla
- Russian: возде́рживаться
- (idiomatic) Well suited; appropriate; fit for a particular activity or purpose.
- I'm not really cut out for camping outdoors. I'm allergic to mosquito bites.
- We've got our work cut out for us. (see have one's work cut out for one)