from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To cut into smaller pieces, parts, or sections.
  • v. To lacerate; to wound by multiple lacerations; to injure or damage by cutting, or as if by cutting.
  • v. To distress mentally or emotionally.
  • v. To severely criticize or censure; to subject to hostile criticism.
  • v. To behave like a clown or jokester (a cut-up); to misbehave; to act in a playful, comical, boisterous, or unruly manner to elicit laughter, attention, etc.
  • v. To aggressively move in front of another vehicle while driving. US: cut off.
  • adj. Having been cut into smaller pieces.
  • adj. Wounded with multiple lacerations.
  • adj. Emotionally upset; mentally distressed.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. cut into pieces
  • v. separate into isolated compartments or categories
  • v. destroy or injure severely
  • v. significantly cut up a manuscript
  • v. cut to pieces


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  • It looked like somebody'd cut up pieces of aluminum foil and hung them on a dead branch, and Carson was wearing a blue fuzzy vest that I had a feeling was supposed to be luggage fur.

    Futures Imperfect

  • On the morning we left on the Dolceacqua excursion, Juliana and I walked into town for brioches, Amanda cut up strawberries and melon, and out on the patio we made a feast of the creamy Sterzing yogurt we all liked, strong coffee for the adults, brioches with chocolate, jelly, or a lemony cream filling, and glasses of pineapple juice poured from a box with the ingredients printed in twelve languages.

    The Italian Summer

  • I could take out the wife while you get the tuxedo, tie up your pops, cut up some magazines, and make a note for the police—


  • Ill buy everything preparedsteak, brussels sprouts, grated parmesan cheesefrom a healthy natural foods market like Trader Joes, Whole Foods, or Erewhon; then at home Ill cut up the steak and mix it with lettuce, the cheese, brussels sprouts, and a light dressing of balsamic vinegar and olive oil.


  • But he also coldbloodedly cut up his wife with a chain saw.

    Sin City

  • Made as a “one-light” transfer from the negative, the workprint can be cut up into the different shots as needed.

    The Movie Business Book, Third Edition

  • From dawn until noon we whistled them in—fifty came back, cut up and limping and lop-eared but all the more ferocious.

    Our American King

  • Snow felt special walking out of the store with wrapped brownpaper parcels under her arm; she was already planning to use some of the paper to cook fish in and carefully cut up the rest for letter paper.


  • Round about were deparked hills and slopes -- now cut up into little paddocks -- and the green foundations that showed where the d'Urberville mansion once had stood; also an outlying stretch of Egdon Heath that had always belonged to the estate.

    Tess of the d'Urbervilles

  • "Bah!" said Tom Loker, who had listened to these stories with ill-repressed disgust, -- "shif'less, both on ye! my gals don't cut up no such shines, I tell ye!"

    Uncle Tom's cabin, or Life among the lowly


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