Green’s Dictionary of Slang

cut v.3

[on model of SE cut a figure/caper/dash etc]

[late 17C+] to pose as, to act in the manner of.

In phrases

cut... (v.)

see also under relevant n.

cut a bosh (v.) [ety. unknown; ? Fr. ébauche, outline, a rough-hewn figure]

[mid-18C–mid-19C] (UK Und.) to cut a figure.

cut a caper (upon nothing) (v.)

[late 17C] to be hanged.

cut a rusty (v.) [SE rustic, a peasant]

[mid-19C+] (US) to show off, to behave in a silly, unsophisticated manner; to have a tantrum.

cut a swat (v.) [SE cut a swathe]

[late 19C] (US campus) to make an impression.

cut caper-sauce (v.) [SE cut a caper, to dance]

[late 18C–mid-19C] to be hanged.

cut cheese (v.)

[late 19C–1920s] (US campus) to impress, to influence, to make a difference.

cut dicks (v.) [SE dignity]

[1950s+] (W.I.) to affect an English accent in the hope of impressing people.

cut Grecian (v.)

[1940s] (W.I.) of a woman, to walk in a self-consciously ‘stylish’ manner, either arrogantly or proudly.

cut it (v.)

see separate entry .

cut (old) style (v.)

[20C+] (W.I.) to behave in an exhibitionist manner to attract attention.

cut round (v.)

[mid–late 19C] (US) to show off, to make a display.

cut the buck (v.) [dial. cut the buck, to dance vigorously; ult. f. buck and wing]

[1920s–70s] (US) to work hard.