1. [17C; late 19C+] a share: of profits, of loot, of the proceeds of a robbery etc.
2. [late 18C] a whore.
3. [late 18C+] an act of ignoring a friend or acquaintance both deliberately and pointedly.
4. [19C+] the female genitals, the vagina.
5. [mid-19C+] (US) an insult.
6. [mid-19C+] (US campus) the act of absenting oneself from a class.
7. [mid-19C+] (US campus) the failure of a class to meet.
8. [late 19C+] a go, an attempt; always as have a cut (at)
9. [20C+] (Aus./US/UK) a swing with the fist; thus take a cut at v., to menace or hit with the fist.
10. uses pertaining to dilution or adulteration.
(a) [1930s] the dilution of alcohol.
(b) [1950s+] (drugs) an act of diluting a pure drug, usu. heroin or cocaine; thus two-cut, dilution with the same amount of an adulterant.
(c) [1980s] an adulterant.
(d) [1990s+] a drug that has been thus diluted (the implication is not necessarily of inferiority: narcotics are rarely sold 100% pure).
11. [1950s+] (orig. US sporting) a pre-arranged point at which a group of competitors or recruits to a team are reduced by those who fail to achieve a given standard.
12. uses based on being ‘cut out’ from the surrounding area.
(a) [1950s–60s] (US black) a place or area where young people meet, e.g. a street corner, a drugstore, a house.
(b) [2000s] (US prison) the area immediately surrounding an inmate’s bunk.
13. [1940s+] (US) a record.
14. [1990s+] a recently received haircut.
15. see cut-up n.1
1. [1960s] (US black) a close friend.
2. [1990s+] (US drugs) in pl., two or more drug dealers who combine to adulterate a supply of drugs prior to retailing it.
[2000s] (US drugs) anywhere that pure drugs are adulterated and packaged prior to street sale.
[2000s] (US drugs) one who mixes a pure drug with ‘cut’ to adulterate it prior to offering it for street sale.
[late 19C+] (Aus.) to try, to make an attempt, to have a go.
[late 19C+] of a man, to have sexual intercourse.
1. [1960s+] (US black, also in the cuts) in a location or neighbourhood that is faraway, hidden or removed for some reason; thus lay (back) in the cut under lay back v.
2. [1990s+] (US black) present, in place, on hand.
3. [2000s] in prison.
4. in hiding.
[1990s+] to succeed.