Green’s Dictionary of Slang

cut v.6

[SE cut off]

1. of a man, to have sexual intercourse.

[UK] ‘Sal Stuff’ in Ri-tum Ti-tum Songster 11: I have sitch a vinning manner, / You’re welcome to cut at me, if you can raise a tanner.
[US] in Randolph & Legman Ozark Folksongs and Folklore (1992) II 635: Cut it once, cut it twice, / Third time I cut it was gooey and nice.
[US]G. Underwood ‘Razorback Sl.’ in AS L:1/2 57: cut vt [...] 3: (male use) Have coitus with (a female).

2. (orig. US) to stab or slash.

[US]J. Flynt Tramping with Tramps 107: He always has his razor with him, and will ‘cut’ whenever there is provocation.
[US]Odum & Johnson Negro Workaday Songs 66: I can cuss, I can cut, / I can shoot a nigger up.
[US]Z.N. Hurston Mules and Men (1970) 71: He figgered he could outshoot and outcut any man on de road and if de man tried to kill him he’d git kilt hisself.
[US]N. Algren Neon Wilderness (1986) 32: Nothin’ happened. Ah cut him, that’s all.
[US]C. Himes ‘Friends’ in Coll. Stories (1990) 267: Lawd, fightin’ killin’ ’n cuttin’ hellbound gone with a heart full o’ sin.
[UK]B. Hill Boss of Britain’s Underworld 5: Night after night some thief or other was cut, or his head was bashed in.
[US]H. Rhodes Chosen Few (1966) 32: First thing I heard was that he cut some guy [...] and threatened to cut his CO if he got court-martialed.
Meyer & Ebert Beyond Valley of the Dolls [film script] You touch him and I’ll cut you.
[UK]P. Fordham Inside the Und. 131: There is no suggestion [...] that gangster leaders themselves went around ‘cutting’ – i.e. knifing.
[US](con. 1940s–60s) H. Huncke ‘The Law of Retribution’ in Eve. Sun Turned Crimson (1998) 175: I was held up at knife point and told to give up my junk or get cut.
[UK] in R. Graef Living Dangerously 97: If they cut you and don’t kill you, they’ll be hunted until you get them.
[UK]N. Barlay Crumple Zone 111: If he’s a teef or a bag-bwoy or he cut someone for nu’in, he needs wha’ever he needs to straighten him out.
[US]Mother Jones July/Aug. [Internet] He asks us what we should do if we see two inmates stabbing each other. [...] We could try to break up a fight if we wanted, he says, but [...] he wouldn't recommend it. [...] ‘So if them fools want to cut each other, well, happy cutting’.

3. to divide, to receive or take a share, e.g. of a manager who takes a percentage of an artist’s or sportsman’s earnings or of criminals dividing up loot.

[US]J.F. Lillard Poker Stories 197: The latter naively suggested that it was time to ‘cut up the coin.’ ‘What do you mean?’ asked the official. ‘Why, I want my piece,’ was the reply.
[US]A.H. Lewis Confessions of a Detective 203: That old snaffler of a Jew wanted to cut it in two with me.
[US]B. Fisher A. Mutt in Blackbeard Compilation (1977) 100: He cut it [i.e. $30,000] with Tobasco.
[US]Van Loan ‘A Rain Check’ in Ten-Thousand-Dollar Arm 299: I know where you went to cut the money.
[US]D. Runyon ‘The Snatching of Bookie Bob’ in Runyon on Broadway (1954) 129: We cut this scratch three ways.
[US]R. Chandler ‘Trouble Is My Business’ in Spanish Blood (1946) 204: Any reason why a nice girl shouldn’t cut herself a piece of five million bucks?
[US]Drake & Cayton Black Metropolis 485: He amassed a fortune from the nickels and dimes that he ‘cut’ from crap games at his ‘emporium’.
[US]A.J. Liebling ‘The University of Eighth Avenue’ in A Neutral Corner (1990) 28: The fighter’s manager wouldn’t cut the fighter because the guy was broke.
[US]C. Himes Big Gold Dream 75: She sold food and drinks and she cut the blackjack game.
[US]M. Rumaker Exit 3 and Other Stories 98: When you sell that necklace, now you just cut it with the rest of us.

4. to adulterate, to dilute, to weaken.

(a) to adulterate alcohol, typically of bootleggers making illicit liquor; thus cutting plant n., a place where the adulteration takes place.

[US]B. Cormack Racket Act I: (He drinks the rest of the whiskey) [...] pratt: You’d better cut that stuff. miller: It’s cut plenty before I get it.
[US]Phila. Eve. Bulletin 5 Oct. 40/3: Here are a few more terms and definitions from the ‘Racket’ vocabulary: [...] ‘cut,’ to dilute [...] ‘cutting plant,’ a place where moonshine liquor or redistilled alcohol is diluted with water and colored with burnt sugar.
C.S. Montanye ‘Tight Spot’ in Complete Stories 15 Sept. [Internet] This place [...] was being used as a plant for ‘cutting.’ Here, in other words, bootleg booze was taken, adulterated, rebottled and relabeled.
[US]S. Longstreet Decade 312: Alki cutting with Nails Flowers’ mob, they say. [...] It stinks, this alki. It burns holes in the guts – but what the hell. Re-cook it, flavour it with tar extract, print the phony labels.
[US]A.I. Bezzerides Thieves’ Market 152: She poured it [bourbon] straight, not cutting it with water.
[US](con. 1950s) McAleer & Dickson Unit Pride (1981) 336: If you guys had half a brain, you’d’ve appropriated some juice outa the kitchen to cut this with.
[UK]J. Healy Grass Arena (1990) 125: We’d cut the jake with pisshole water.

(b) (drugs, also cut down) to dilute a drug with some adulterant; thus cutting house n., a place where the adulteration of drugs takes place.

[US]B. Dai Opium Addiction in Chicago 198: Cut them. To dilute drugs. Morphine cannot be cut as it comes in cube form, but heroin, being a powder, is cut by using sugar or milk. Cocaine can be cut; that is, flake cocaine can, but crystal cocaine cannot.
[US]Monteleone Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).
[US](con. 1948) G. Mandel Flee the Angry Strangers 303: ‘Here’s a few caps,’ [he] dropped six pegs of Horse cut with sugar into her hand.
[US]C. Brown Manchild in the Promised Land (1969) 150: A lot of cats knew how to cut drugs. They knew how much sugar to put with heroin to make a cap or bag.
[US]A. Hoffman Property Of (1978) 243: We got to cut the shit and then bag it into dimes.
[US]N. Pileggi Wiseguy (2001) 195: I used her place to store and cut the stuff.
[US]S.L. Hills Tragic Magic 67: Alvin and I used to [...] pick up the dope and go down to Manhattan to some of the cutting houses.
[Ire]P. Howard The Joy (2015) [ebook] [I]t’s obvious this gear I’m after getting is more Shake ’n’ Vac than smack. I curse the bastard who cut it.
[UK]K. Sampson Powder 84: It’s the best cocaine in London – hasn’t even been cut yet.
[UK]J.J. Connolly Layer Cake 3: This particular half-key is just pure bunce cos it’s the result of us chopping and cutting a little bit more than usual over the last couple of weeks.
[US](con. 1990s) in J. Miller One of the Guys 145: ‘He’ll have it already wrapped up [...] and give it them and they have to go cut they own stuff down’.
[US](con. 1973) C. Stella Johnny Porno 31: Louis couldn’t cut his weed with any more oregano than he already had.

5. (Aus./N.Z.) to finish, e.g. a drink.

[NZ]J. Henderson Gunner Inglorious (1974) 117: Let’s cut the lot. [...] Eat ’em all now.
[NZ]Wilson Julien Ware 241: Here, drink it down. We must cut this bottle tonight [DNZE].
[NZ]J. Henderson Exiles of Asbestos Cottage 14: Plenty of garrulous half-shot but willing hands had all the wool stacked safely in the store by 1 am, when they turned to even more willingly and cut the keg.
[NZ]McGill Dict. of Kiwi Sl. 33/2: cut to finish or finished; eg ‘Let’s cut all the beer.’ ‘Too late. It’s all cut.’.
[NZ]McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. [as cit. 1988].

6. to give.

[US]C. Hiaasen Stormy Weather 33: Cut us a piece and we’ll call it even.
[US]P. Beatty Tuff 8: Fariq [...] tilted his head to the side, and cut his friend a dubious look.