The phrasal verb cut has many uses. Study the list and do the exercise that
follows below. Then check your answers.
CUT ACROSS = A. go through rather than around B. Affect different groups or classes
A. Let's cut across the school yard, it'll be faster. B. This new law will cut across all social clases from the highest to the
CUT BACK = A. reduce B (on) reduce expenses
A. Tom was told to he was smoking too much and he needed to cut back. B. We had to cut back on cleaning supplies as the economy worsened.
CUT DOWN = A. (on) consume less B. shoot (as in war) C. lower from a high position D. to fell a
A. We have to cut back on sugar if we want it to last the week. B. The brigade was cut down as they charged the machine gun stongehold. c. He was cut down to size after he lost his job at the factory. D. They cut down the tree and brought it to their home to be decorated for
CUT IN = A. begin working B. go recklessly in front of another vehicle C. interrupt D. include
someone on a money making deal
A. The radio cut in just as the where announcing the end of the war. B. The green Ford cut in front of us as if he owned the road. C. I was speaking with Jill when John cut in. D. We had to cut him in on the deal, otherwise he would have made trouble.
CUT IT OUT = stop your current behavior
Tommy's little sister yeld at him to 'cut it out,' or she would tell his
CUT OFF = A. isolate; make inaccessible B. disconnect (telephone or other communication
A. The severe winter storm meant that they were cut off from the city. B. While I was talking to mother over Christmas we were cut off and i couldn't reach
CUT OUT = A. exclude from a deal B. cut paper or picture from book or magazine C. when an engine
A. He was cut out of the deal and swore he'd take revenge. B. Her bedroom wall was covered in cut outs of her favorite pop star. C. When the engine cut out he new the plane was going to crash.
CUT OUT ON = leave stranded
while we were all at the mall George cut out on us and we had to take the bus
CUT UP = A. make small pieces B. make jokes, laugh
A. John was too small to cut up the steak himself so his mother helped
him. B. John cut up his classmates with the stories he told.