1. to compete in business.
|Dict. of Modern Sl. etc. (2nd edn).|
2. to manage, to achieve; usu. as cut it v.3 (1)
|I Need The Money 19: Uncle Peter just cut off a cackle and said he knew his business.|
|Corner Boy 61: Mama [...] cuts some mean hours.|
|(con. 1920s) South of Heaven (1994) 94: That’s still the understanding, as long as you cut the stuff.|
|Beast that Shouted Love (1976) 181: I can’t cut the jock-and-boxer scene.‘A Boy and his Dog’ in|
|Nam (1982) 69: If you couldn’t cut something, nobody took anything into consideration. A dog-eat-dog environment.|
|‘Open Book’ in Whorehouse Bells Were Ringing (1995) 112: He’s bothered by Mexican heartburn / with protruding piles and gut; / A red hot tamale is right down his alley, / ’tis a diet his ass hole can’t cut.|
|(con. 1969–70) F.N.G. (1988) 45: He bends up to flip the tape over and cuts a fart.|
|Stalker (2001) 500: I’ll cut you down as easily as I’ll cut a fart. You get it?|
3. (US black) to surpass, to outdo; thus cutting n.
|AS XII:3 182: Musicians vie with one another to see who can blow the hotter lick. The winner is said to have cut the loser.‘Sl. of Jazz’ in|
|Pittsburgh Courier (PA) 23 July 11/1: Leonard Harper’s present local review cut anyhing’s he’s done in many moons.|
|Really the Blues 148: The idea was usually to try and cut each other, each one trying to outdo the others.|
|Horn 18: For ‘cutting’ was, after all, only the Indian wrestling of lost boyhood summers, and the trick was getting your man off balance.|
|How to Talk Dirty 186: Lyndon Johnson could cut Schopenhauer mind-wise.|
|Times Square Hustler 68: They play the sometimes dangerous game of ‘cutting,’ or insulting each other.|
|Portable Promised Land (ms.) 50: Sugar Lips became even mo the celebrity than he’d been after he’d cut Bird.|
4. (US campus) to understand.
|Current Sl. I:2 2/2: Cut, v. to understand.|
5. to be convincing, to be as one wishes.
|Tourist Season (1987) 35: ‘Yeah, and she’s seventy-five percent sure it was him.’ ‘Seventy-five won’t cut in court, Al.’.|
6. see cut a deal under deal n.1
1. (W.I., Guyn.) to thrash severely, to flog; also fig. use.
|cited in Dict. Carib. Eng. Usage (1996).|
2. (US) to defeat, to surpass.
|Semi-Tough 10: I’ll be that Sidney Poitier cat so I can cut all your asses with white chicks.|
|Great Santini (1977) 404: Yeah, that’s the pogue’s name [...] We’re going to cut his water off good.|