1. to ignore a task, rule or obligation, e.g. homework or a college curfew.
|Gent.’s Mag. 1085: I was told of men who [...] cut chapel, cut gates, cut lectures, cut hall, cut examinations, cut particular connections.|
|Gradus ad Cantabrigiam 50: to cut gates; to enter College after 10 o’Clock — the hour of shutting them [...] to cut chapel; to be absent.|
|Poetical Vagaries 125: The Squire for neighbours had a dread, And always ‘cut the natives,’ as he said.‘Two Parsons’ in|
|Eng. Spy I 365: Having cut college for a bolt to the village.|
|Oration before H.L. of I.O. of O.F. in(1856) 146: Prepare to cut recitations, cut prayers, cut lectures, — ay, to cut even the President himself.|
|College Words (rev. edn) 146: cut. To be absent from; to neglect. Thus a person is said to ‘cut prayers,’ to ‘cut lecture,’ &c.|
|Four Years at Yale 44: Cut, to absent one’s self from a college exercise.|
|Little Mr. Bouncer 13: What! cut Chapel and posted an Æger, for the second time in one week [...] you’re coming it strong.|
|Childe Chappie’s Pilgrimage 32: He had not ‘cut’ athletics, / though long days / Of dawdling had not strengthened pull or thrust / Of scull or punt-pole.|
|Princeton Stories 39: Others dissipate merely to the extent of cutting chapel twice in succession or pretending that they have not poled all night for an examination.|
|N.Y. Eve. Mail 12 Dec. in Unforgettable Season (1981) 29: Pittsburgh [...] agreed to let him cut the Spring training trip.|
|Harrovians 126: Gall had cut his Latin prose.|
|This Side of Paradise in Bodley Head Scott Fitzgerald III (1960) 80: I can only cut six more classes.|
|Harlem in Coll. Writings (2003) 329: I cut class tonight so I could help finish things up for the party.|
|Catcher in the Rye (1958) 193: I didn’t cut any classes. You weren’t allowed to cut any. There were a couple of them I didn’t attend once in a while.|
|Where the Boys Are 151: We’re always being warned about cutting because it costs the U five dollars for each class hour for each student.|
|(con. late 1940s) Tattoo (1977) 458: I can’t cut art!|
|What’s The Good Word? 302: ‘Cutting’ is practically never used any more [...] The new terminology is ‘bucking.’.|
|Workin’ It 114: We used to cut classes then.|
2. to stop doing something; thus cut that, be quiet, stop that.
|Fancy 22: Trader no more; he banishe’d pall, and urn, / And nail, and glove, and cut the whole concern.‘King Tims the First’ in|
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 2 Oct. 2/1: ‘Cut that, will you?’ shouted a diggor who had watched Forky’s advances with a jealous eye.|
|Dict. of Modern Sl. etc. 28: CUT [...] to cease doing anything [...] cut that, be quiet, or stop.|
|(con. 1840s–50s) London Labour and London Poor II 85/2: So I takes a varnin by poor Jack, and cuts the lush.|
|Wild Boys of London I 77/2: Cut your damned flash palaver and hand out the coin.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 21 Mar. 17/2: He hurried home, and in an earnest tone, / Spoke this wise soberly unto his mother – / ‘Look here, old party, it’s all up! I’m done; / I’ve had a blazin’ roughish sort of life, / I’ve never bought you anything but sorrow, / But that’s enough, I’ve cut it like a knife, / I’ve joined the soldiers, and I start tomorrow.’.|
|‘’Arry on Equality’ in Punch 22 Feb. 85/2: Cut this Sosherlist cant, or you’ll choke.|
|Actors’ Boarding House (1906) 81: She might as well cut that smile. I don’t fall for that old gag.|
|The Web in Ten ‘Lost’ Plays (1995) 58: There, there, Kid, cut the cryin’.|
|Adventures of a Boomer Op. 59: This ‘Boomin’’ around don’t pay, Hi [...] and your Unk Bill is going to cut it cold.|
|Pulps (1970) 21/1: ‘You see,’ he chuckled, ‘now I’m God.’ ‘Cut that,’ I growled.‘The Devil Must Pay’ in Goodstone|
|Amboy Dukes 144: Give me the bottle and let’s cut the talk.|
|Playback 122: Cut the doodads.|
|Best Man To Die (1981) 116: Cut the sob stuff.|
|Fantastic Four Annual 5: Both of you – cut the chatter!|
|A-Team Storybook 21: ‘You can cut the jazz, Hannibal,’ said B.A.|
|Mad Cows 18: If you’d just cut the bollocks, come across and give us some names, we could do a deal.|
|Cartoon City 92: You’ll have to cut the blow lads or I’ll ask you to leave.|
|Rough Trade [ebook] ‘We were there to provide motivation for him to cut the shit with Ginny’.|
|Headland [ebook] ‘[C]ut the bullshit and get on with it.|
3. to resign from; to leave a job or pursuit.
|Digby Grand (1890) 223: I wonder you don’t make up to some woman with money, cut the Guards, and have a house in London, with a hunting-box down here.|
|Recollections of G. Hamlyn (1891) 258: I have got three years’ leave of absence from my regiment in India, and, if I can see a chance, I shall cut the army and settle here.|
|Won in a Canter II 267: ‘[T]he turf is terribly low now, and lots of the swells ’as cut it’.|
4. to absent oneself without good reason.
|Ingoldsby Legends (1847) 260: Father Dick, who, as soon / Would ‘knock in’ or ‘cut chapel’ as jump oe’r the moon.‘Brothers of Birchington’|
|Pawnbroker’s Daughter 161: ‘What do you get a-week?’ said the curate. [...] ‘A joey-bit,’ said the boy, ‘when I works; an’ when I cuts away, a jolly good hidin’.’.|
|Adventures of Mr Verdant Green (1982) II 197: This’ll never do, you know. Gig-lamps! Cutting chapel to do the downy!|
|Tom Brown at Oxford (1880) 51: I can’t cut my two lectures.|
|Man who was not a Colonel 135: You can cut the whole thing, — wash your hands of it.|
|Boy’s Own Paper 13 Apr. 438: This [...] will not trouble you much, unless you persistently cut (i.e. do not go when it is your turn).|
|Gem 16 Dec. 12: Look here, Monty Lowthah, what are you cuttin’ the House match for?|
|Mint (1955) 52: Tea-time, and I cut it, luxuriously making the trumpet sound after me in vain.|
|Brave New World (1955) 63: I’ve been cutting all my committees.|
|Amboy Dukes 72: If we were working we wouldn’t’a been cuttin’ classes.|
|Cast the First Stone 50: We cut school and went to the pawnshop Artie knew.|
|Manchild in the Promised Land (1969) 190: Sometimes we’d cut a class or two.|
|Of Minnie the Moocher and Me 7: The great times we had cutting school.|
|Secrets of Harry Bright (1986) 127: The boy started cutting classes and doing pot and hash and ludes with the other surfers.|
|Way Past Cool 211: I told Coach you was in the fuckin nurse’s office when you went an cut PE!|
|Guardian Rev. 15 Jan. 1: I’d started cutting classes and telling them ‘fuck you’.|
|Giuliani 11: [T]he almost unheard-of sin of cutting school .|
5. to switch off.
|Postman Always Rings Twice (1985) 24: Her arms were round me before I even cut the lights.|
|Spanish Blood (1946) 126: Park there, cut your lights, and wait.‘Pearls Are a Nuisance’ in|
|Long Good-Bye 169: I cut all the lights except in one standing lamp and crossed to the study.|
|Die Nigger Die! 33: My ol’ man used to come home, cut the set off and just walk straight on through. And we’d all be sitting on the floor digging this and we knew better than to get up and turn the muthafucka back on.|
|Jones Men 30: He cut the lights and they waited in the darkness.|
|(con. 1940s) One Bright Child 48: Cut the engines. Tell the Chief Steward we’re going to have to run in silence.|
|Cartoon City 7: He pulled up alongside a pair of large doors covered in graffiti. Then he cut the engine.|
6. to switch (on).
|Algiers Motel Incident 243: It’s getting hot in here. Why don’t you cut the air conditioner on?|
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