Definition of Cut up

1. Verb. Cut to pieces. "They cut up the cape "; "Father carved the ham"

Exact synonyms: Carve
Specialized synonyms: Shave, Filet, Fillet
Generic synonyms: Cut
Also: Carve Up
Derivative terms: Carver

2. Adjective. Cut into pieces.
Similar to: Cut

3. Verb. Destroy or injure severely. "The madman mutilates art work"
Exact synonyms: Mangle, Mutilate
Generic synonyms: Damage
Derivative terms: Mangler, Mutilation, Mutilator

4. Verb. Separate into isolated compartments or categories. "You cannot compartmentalize your life like this!"

5. Verb. Significantly cut up a manuscript. "They won't cut up the story "
Exact synonyms: Hack
Generic synonyms: Edit, Redact

Definition of Cut up

1. Verb. (transitive) To cut into smaller pieces, parts, or sections. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive informal) To lacerate; to wound by multiple lacerations; to injure or damage by cutting, or as if by cutting. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive idiomatic) To distress mentally or emotionally. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive idiomatic dated) To severely criticize or censure; to subject to hostile criticism. ¹

5. Verb. (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. ¹

6. Verb. (transitive idiomatic British) To aggressively move in front of another vehicle while driving. ''US:'' cut off. ¹

7. Verb. (intransitive) ¹

8. Adjective. Having been cut into smaller pieces. ¹

9. Adjective. Wounded with multiple lacerations. ¹

10. Adjective. (idiomatic) Emotionally upset; mentally distressed. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Cut Up

cut splice
cut the cheese
cut the mustard
cut the muster
cut the rug
cut the umbilical cord
cut through
cut time
cut to
cut to black
cut to pieces
cut to ribbons
cut to the chase
cut to the quick
cut up (current term)
cut up rough
cut wind
cutaneomeningospinal angiomatosis
cutaneous T-cell lymphoma
cutaneous absorption
cutaneous albinism

Literary usage of Cut up

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon & Cant: Embracing English, American, and Anglo by Albert Barrère, Charles Godfrey Leland (1889)
"cut up fat, to (common), to leave at one's death a good estate. ... I'm not so sorry, after all, that they cut up rough, and ploughed me. ..."

2. A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital by John Beauchamp Jones (1866)
"Missouri risings.— Pope's coat and papers captured.—cut up at Manassas.—Clothing captured of the enemy. AUGUST IST. ..."

3. The slang dictionary: Etymological, Historical, and Anecdotal by John Camden Hotten (1874)
"... plenty, if one cut does not suffice, plenty remains to come at again ; CUT UP, to mortify, to criticise severely, or expose ; cut up SHINES, ..."

4. Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (1823)
"He was induced, he says, to cut up Mr Croly, ; mock ignorance of the reviewer is rendered quite comical by the naivete of i because he is an obscure and ..."

5. The History of British India by James Mill, Horace Hayman Wilson (1858)
"Death of Captain Sparkes. — Extension of the Insurrection. — Checked. — Many Parties cut up. — Troops penetrate into the Hills. ..."

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