1. [mid-19C] to compete in business.
2. [late 19C+] to manage, to achieve; usu. as cut it v.3 (1)
3. [1930s+] (US black) to surpass, to outdo; thus cutting n.
4. [1960s] (US campus) to understand.
5. [1970s] to be convincing, to be as one wishes.
6. see cut a deal under deal n.1
1. [20C+] (W.I., Guyn.) to thrash severely, to flog; also fig. use.
2. [1970s] (US) to defeat, to surpass.