1. of a man, to have sexual intercourse.
|‘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.|
|in Ozark Folksongs and Folklore (1992) II 635: Cut it once, cut it twice, / Third time I cut it was gooey and nice.|
|AS L:1/2 57: cut vt [...] 3: (male use) Have coitus with (a female).‘Razorback Sl.’ in|
2. (orig. US) to stab or slash.
|Tramping with Tramps 107: He always has his razor with him, and will ‘cut’ whenever there is provocation.|
|Negro Workaday Songs 66: I can cuss, I can cut, / I can shoot a nigger up.|
|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.|
|Neon Wilderness (1986) 32: Nothin’ happened. Ah cut him, that’s all.|
|Coll. Stories (1990) 267: Lawd, fightin’ killin’ ’n cuttin’ hellbound gone with a heart full o’ sin.‘Friends’ in|
|Boss of Britain’s Underworld 5: Night after night some thief or other was cut, or his head was bashed in.|
|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.|
|Beyond Valley of the Dolls [film script] You touch him and I’ll cut you.|
|Inside the Und. 131: There is no suggestion [...] that gangster leaders themselves went around ‘cutting’ – i.e. knifing.|
|(con. 1940s–60s) Eve. Sun Turned Crimson (1998) 175: I was held up at knife point and told to give up my junk or get cut.‘The Law of Retribution’ in|
|in Living Dangerously 97: If they cut you and don’t kill you, they’ll be hunted until you get them.|
|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.|
|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.
|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.|
|Confessions of a Detective 203: That old snaffler of a Jew wanted to cut it in two with me.|
|A. Mutt in Blackbeard Compilation (1977) 100: He cut it [i.e. $30,000] with Tobasco.|
|Ten-Thousand-Dollar Arm 299: I know where you went to cut the money.‘A Rain Check’ in|
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 129: We cut this scratch three ways.‘The Snatching of Bookie Bob’ in|
|Spanish Blood (1946) 204: Any reason why a nice girl shouldn’t cut herself a piece of five million bucks?‘Trouble Is My Business’ in|
|Black Metropolis 485: He amassed a fortune from the nickels and dimes that he ‘cut’ from crap games at his ‘emporium’.|
|A Neutral Corner (1990) 28: The fighter’s manager wouldn’t cut the fighter because the guy was broke.‘The University of Eighth Avenue’ in|
|Big Gold Dream 75: She sold food and drinks and she cut the blackjack game.|
|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.
|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.|
|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.|
|‘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.|
|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.|
|Thieves’ Market 152: She poured it [bourbon] straight, not cutting it with water.|
|(con. 1950s) Unit Pride (1981) 336: If you guys had half a brain, you’d’ve appropriated some juice outa the kitchen to cut this with.|
|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.
|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.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
|(con. 1948) Flee the Angry Strangers 303: ‘Here’s a few caps,’ [he] dropped six pegs of Horse cut with sugar into her hand.|
|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.|
|Property Of (1978) 243: We got to cut the shit and then bag it into dimes.|
|Wiseguy (2001) 195: I used her place to store and cut the stuff.|
|Tragic Magic 67: Alvin and I used to [...] pick up the dope and go down to Manhattan to some of the cutting houses.|
|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.|
|Powder 84: It’s the best cocaine in London – hasn’t even been cut yet.|
|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.|
|(con. 1990s) in 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’.|
|(con. 1973) 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.
|Gunner Inglorious (1974) 117: Let’s cut the lot. [...] Eat ’em all now.|
|DNZE].Julien Ware 241: Here, drink it down. We must cut this bottle tonight [|
|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.|
|Dict. of Kiwi Sl. 33/2: cut to finish or finished; eg ‘Let’s cut all the beer.’ ‘Too late. It’s all cut.’.|
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. [as cit. 1988].|
6. to give.
|Stormy Weather 33: Cut us a piece and we’ll call it even.|
|Tuff 8: Fariq [...] tilted his head to the side, and cut his friend a dubious look.|