6.Phrasal verbs, idioms and other expressions using ‘cut’

Phrasal verbs, idioms and other expressions using ‘cut’

1.      I was cutting the grass when the lawnmower suddenly stopped working.(cut out)

2.      Did you see how that Mazda suddenly drove in front of the Audi?(cut in)

3.      We will have to reduce staff costs at work if we want to continue operating as normal.(cut down on/cut back on)

4.      We were in the middle of a telephone conversation when we were suddenly disconnected.(cut off)

5.      I do not understand why all my friends have suddenly started ignoring me.(cut me off)

6.      I wish you would not interrupt me while I am talking.(cut in)

7.      The traffic noise is terrible, and even closing the windows does not remove it.(cut it out)

8.      She decided to stop eating sweet things so as to lose weight.(cut out)

9.      He did not pay his bill, so the power company stopped his electricity.(cut off)

10.  To save time, we decided to go over the field instead of walking around it.(cut through or cut across)

11.  To save time, we decided to go through the shopping centre instead of walking around it.(cut through)

12.  The air conditioning will automatically start working when the room gets too warm.(cut in)

13.  Our house is isolated from the rest of the town.(cut off)

14.  My father did not include us in his plans.(cut out of)


1.      Someone or something that is a cut above other people or things is much better than those people or things.(true/false)

2.      If you are having a conversation with someone and you cut them short, you stop talking so that they can say something. (true/false, to stop someone from talking before they have finished what they were saying)

3.      If you are cut up about something (for example, you are cut up about the way you are treated by someone), you are very happy and surprised. (true/false, to be upset)

4.      If somebody cuts you dead, they shout at you because they are very angry. (true/false, to pretend you do not know someone in order to show you are angry)

5.      A new employee in your company does not cut the mustard. In other words, he/she is not good enough. (true/false)

6.      Something in a shop that is described as cut-price is more expensive that it should be. (true/false, describes something that costs less than its usual price)

7.      If your friend has a plan, and you cut the ground out from the under his feet, you offer to support him, usually by lending him money. (true/false, to make someone or their ideas seems less good, especially by doing something before them or better than them)

8.      A business that is described as cutthroat is a one that has a disadvantage because it is smaller than other businesses making the same product or offering the same service. (true/false, fierce; not involving consideration or care about any harm caused to others)

9.      When someone cuts loose (for example, they cut loose from their family), they stop being influenced or controlled by them.(true/false)

10.  If you cut off your noise to spite your face, you work so hard and for so long that you become ill. (true/false, to do something because you are angry, even if it will cause trouble for you)

11.  You have a train to catch and you are cutting it fine. This means that you have arrived at the station very early and have plenty of time before the train leaves. (true/false, to allow very little time for something)

12.  If something is described as cut and dried (for example, “the issue of pay rises is cut and dried.”), it is being talked about very carefully. (true/false, already decided and unlikely to be changed)

13.  If something is described as cutting-edge (for example, cutting edge technology), it is very dangerous. (true/false)

14.  If you say to someone “Cut it out! ” , you are telling them to stop doing something that you do not like. (true/false, used to tell someone to stop talking or stop behaving in an annoying way)

15.  If, in a meeting, you cut to the chase, you waste time by talking about small, unimportant issues rather than issues which are more urgent. (true/false)

16.  A cutting remark is a remark that cruel and intended to upset someone. (true/false)

17.  If you are in a difficult or pleasant situation and you decide to cut and run, you pretend that the situation is not so difficult or unpleasant and continue behaving as normal. (true/false, You start dealing with the most important aspects of something rather than things that are less relevant)

18.  If somebody tells you something important or impressive, and you say “That does not cut any ice with me”, you are telling them that you have had the same experience yourself. (true/false, to not cause someone to change their opinion or decision)

19.  If you are doing a job and you cut corners, you do not do the job as thoroughly as you should, especially because you want to finish it as quickly as possible. (true/false, to do something in the easiest, cheapest or fastest way)

20.  If you cut somebody down to size, you talk kindly to them and help them because they are very upset. (true/false, to show someone that they are not as clever or important as they think they are)

21.  If somebody says something to you that cuts you to the quick, they offer you a suggestion or an idea which would help you a lot. (true/false, to greatly hurt someone’s feelings)

22.  Somebody cuts as dash in the new clothes they are wearing. In other words, the clothes make them look stupid. (true/false, The clothes make them look very attractive)

23.  If you cut something short (for example, you cut a visit short), you arrive early. (true/false, you make something last for less time than planned)

24.  If something cuts both ways, it has both good and bad aspects. (true/false)

25.  You and your friend own a car together, and your friend wants to sell it. You tell him that you want your cut. This means that you want to decide whether or not the car is sold. (true/false, you want your share of the money that is made)

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