cut bait

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

  1. (idiomatic) To give up on something in order to pursue something else.
    Jenny knew it was time to cut bait, since her relationship with Joe was never going to progress beyond the current level of commitment.
  2. (literally) To chop up fish bait for use.

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