cut up

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English[edit]

Verb[edit]

cut up (third-person singular simple present cuts up, present participle cutting up, simple past and past participle cut up)

  1. (transitive) To cut into smaller pieces, parts, or sections.
    With a little practice, you can cut up a whole chicken yourself for frying.
  2. (transitive, informal) To lacerate; to wound by multiple lacerations; to injure or damage by cutting, or as if by cutting.
    The attackers cut him up pretty bad.
  3. (transitive, idiomatic) To distress mentally or emotionally.
  4. (transitive, idiomatic, dated) To severely criticize or censure; to subject to hostile criticism.
    The reviewer cut up the book mercilessly.
  5. (intransitive, idiomatic) To behave like a clown or jokester (a cut-up); to misbehave; to act in a playful, comical, boisterous, or unruly manner to elicit laughter, attention, etc.
    We need to talk about Johnny's tendency to cut up in class.
  6. (transitive, idiomatic, UK) To move aggressively in front of another vehicle while driving. US: cut off.
    • 2005, Richard Hunter, Righteous Indignation: Driving Psychology, AuthorHouse, ISBN 978-1-4259-0160-8, page 42:
      If you are a victim of Road Rage, this normally means you may have inadvertently cut someone up on the road, or he may perceive that you have cut him up.
    • 2006, Jane M. Ussher, Managing the Monstrous Feminine: Regulating the Reproductive Body, Routledge, ISBN 978-0-415-32810-4, page 170:
      The third gave an account of losing her temper in traffic, after being cut up by another driver, then bursting into tears.
    • a. 2007, “Jones” (former police officer; possible pseudonym), quoted in Tom Rennie, Governors, Guns and Money, Lulu.com, ISBN 978-1-8479-9154-6, page 78:
      One night coming home from work, I was driving through a quiet housing estate and had a driver cut me up. I had my window open, and mouthed some obscenity towards him.
  7. (intransitive) This term needs a definition. Please help out and add a definition, then remove the text {{rfdef}}.
    • 2012 May 9, Jonathan Wilson, “Europa League: Radamel Falcao's Atlético Madrid rout Athletic Bilbao”, the Guardian:
      The first match in the magnificent new national stadium was a Euro 2012 qualifier between Romania and France that soon descended into farce as the pitch cut up and players struggled to maintain their footing. Amorebieta at times seemed to be paying homage to that game, but nobody else seemed to have a problem; it was just that Falcao was far better than him.
  8. (slang, dated) To divide into portions well or badly; to have the property left at one's death turn out well or poorly when divided among heirs, legatees, etc.
    • Thackeray
      When I die, may I cut up as well as Morgan Pendennis.

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  • (move in front of another vehicle): cut off (US)

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Adjective[edit]

cut up (comparative more cut up, superlative most cut up)

  1. Having been cut into smaller pieces.
    Put the cut up vegetables in the pot.
  2. Wounded with multiple lacerations.
    He is cut up pretty bad.
  3. (idiomatic, UK, Australia) Emotionally upset; mentally distressed.
    She was seriously cut up over her dog disappearing.
  4. (informal) Muscular and lean.
    I go to the gym to get stronger and cut up.