cut it v.3
1. (orig. US) to manage, to deal with (difficult) situations; to suffice, to satisfy.
|Tales of the Ex-Tanks 62: Hello, there, pal [...] how’re you cuttin’ it this morning?|
|Little Caesar (1932) 137: ‘Can’t cut it,’ said the turnkey.|
|AS XII:1 46: cut it, v. To be able to play expertly. ‘This arrangement is so tough my band can’t cut it.’.‘A Musician’s Word List’ in|
|From Here to Eternity (1998) 637: He tried to teach me, but I couldn’t cut it.|
|Hot to Trot 198: He couldn’t cut it. He didn’t have the drive.|
|Carlito’s Way 11: Somebody was always jumpin’ off the roof [...] some Rican who couldn’t cut it on the street.|
|Of Minnie the Moocher and Me 148: I wasn’t sure I would cut it.|
|Glitter Dome (1982) 197: In those days he could cut it.|
|Skin Tight 93: Well, five thousand dollars isn’t going to cut it anymore.|
|(con. early 1950s) L.A. Confidential 277: Prowling for women didn’t cut it.|
|Filth 107: If we couldn’t cut it on the force that would be us in deep shit.|
|Guardian 8 Nov. 18: She can’t cut it for me.|
|Hip-Hop Connection Jan./Feb. 45: One of rap’s original masters can still cut it when he feels the need.|
|Indep. on Sun. Rev. 19 Mar. 21: Rotten’s old refrain of, ‘I’m the star, fuck off,’ would never cut it with Vicious.|
|IOL News (Western Cape) 26 Sept. [Internet] Males [...] getting blindingly drunk and dribbling on about tits and footie wasn’t cutting it any more.|
|Rubdown [ebook] Masturbation just wasn’t cutting it any more.|
|Night Gardener 223: That won’t cut it if I go up on charges.|
|Artefacts of the Dead [ebook] A holiday? You think that’s going to cut it, Bob?|
2. to accept, to tolerate.
|I Like ’Em Tough (1958) 39: He ain’t gonna cut this nohow [...] He ain’t gonna cut this at all.‘Dead Men Don’t Drink’ in|
3. to surpass.
|Flyboy in the Buttermilk (1992) 18: Free Lancing is good – but Are you Glad cuts it (though it’s a close call).‘Knee Deep in Blood Ulmer’ in|
to act in a threatening, domineering manner.
|Musa Pedestris (1896) 136: He met a bould yeoman, and bid him for to stand; / ‘If I do, I’m damn’d!’ said he, ‘although you cut it grand.’.‘The Bould Yeoman’ in Farmer|
see under spicy adj.
to have an uproarious good time.
|Getaway in Four Novels (1983) 4: […] if I was you. I’d be cuttin’ it up in Las Vegas [...] .|
SE in slang uses
to show off, to make a vulgar display.
|Navy at Home II 251: Aye, aye [...] they cut it fat enough — an ensign lives like a prince, they tells me, and marries directly as he goes out.|
|Dickens’ Journalism I (1994) 97: Gentlemen in alarming waistcoats, and steel watch-guards, promenading about, three abreast, with surprising dignity (or as the gentleman in the next box facetiously observes, ‘cutting it uncommon fat!’).‘London Recreations’ in Slater|
|‘The Four And Ninepenny Hat’ Dublin Comic Songster 102: For eighteen bob you’ll now get four, / And you may cut it fat, sirs.|
|‘The Man About Town’ in Nobby Songster 23: But like more petty tradesmen, who cut it very fat, / My tin ran short, and you may guess, I soon was out of that.|
|Satirist & Sporting Chron. (Sydney) 18 Feb. 3/3: The Jew Daniels ought to have stuck to his former business, that is barber and performer, rather than attempt to cut it fat as Sydney Merchant.|
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 4 Dec. 2/6: Patrick Mccarthy, apprenticed to the ‘soft-soaping’ and ‘cutting it fat’ profession.|
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 1 July 3/2: This is cutting it fat with a vengeance.|
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 21 June 3/2: Off he set with his miner’s hat / And on the road he cut it quite fat.|
|Paul Pry (London) 15 Aug. n.p.: Bessy B— we[re] not to cut it quite so fat, as it is well-known her father is a bill-sticker.|
|Hans Breitmann About Town 38: He’s O. K. oopon de soobject; / Shoost pet your pile on dat; / On dis bartik’ler quesdion / He intends to coot it fat.‘Breitmann in Politics’ in|
|Omaha Dly Bee (NE) 15 June 2/2: I watched this yere racket to-day, but I wasn’t satisfied [...] The parson cut it fat, but the whole thing was tame business.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 31 Oct. 5/2: I raked a cheque together, and thought that it would do, / So I went down to Sydney just to spend a week or two; / I thought I was no ‘flat,’ so resolved to ‘cut it fat,’ / Dressed myself from top to toe, put a pugg’ry round my hat.|
|Truth (Sydney) 19 Feb. 3/8: Hulol, my noble Rumstrumdoo, / You cut it fat! What’s happened to you?|
|Londinismen (2nd edn) vi: But, there, it don’t matter, / Since to cut it still fatter, / By hook and by crook / We’ve got up this book.‘Sl. Ditty’|
|Truth (Perth) 3 Dec. 6/8: While they lets these bludgin fellers / Slam around, and cut it fat.|