Definition of Cut up
1. Verb. Cut to pieces. "They cut up the cape "; "Father carved the ham"
Specialized synonyms: Shave, Filet, Fillet
Generic synonyms: Cut
Also: Carve Up
Derivative terms: Carver
2. Adjective. Cut into pieces.
3. Verb. Destroy or injure severely. "The madman mutilates art work"
Generic synonyms: Damage
Derivative terms: Mangler, Mutilation, Mutilator
4. Verb. Separate into isolated compartments or categories. "You cannot compartmentalize your life like this!"
Generic synonyms: Disunite, Divide, Part, Separate
Derivative terms: Compartment, Compartment, Compartmentalisation, Compartmentalisation, Compartment, Compartment, Compartmental, Compartmentalization, Compartmentalization
5. Verb. Significantly cut up a manuscript. "They won't cut up the story "
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
¹ Source: wiktionary.com
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Literary usage of Cut up
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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. ..."