The word ‘cut‘ can mean many different things. As a verb, the meaning is to remove or divide into pieces.

For example:

  • My scene was cut from the film. (remove)
  • I’ll cut the cake into 8 pieces. (divide)


Cut is an irregular verb. The past tense is cut and the past participle is cut.

phrasal verbs with cut

Phrasal verbs with ‘cut’ include:

  • cut back (on)
    meaning – reduce
    example – You need to cut back on your salt intake.
  • cut down (on)
    meaning – reduce, make something fall to the floor
    example – The big tree in the garden needs cutting down.
  • cut in
    meaning – interrupt, a vehicle pulls in too closely in front of another
    example – Can I just cut in? I`ve got an important point to make.
  • cut off
    meaning – remove, stop providing
    example – The electricity has been cut off; we haven’t paid the bill.
  • cut out
    meaning – stop completely, remove
    example – The doctor told me I need to cut out dairy products.

picture phrasal verbs with cut

phrasal verbs with cut

Let’s learn the meaning of the phrasal verbs that contain the verb ‘cut’ in more detail and see some examples in use.

phrasal verbs with cut - cut back (on)
phrasal verbs with cut - cut down (on)
phrasal verbs with cut - cut in
phrasal verbs with cut - cut off
phrasal verbs with cut - cut out

You can download a table of phrasal verbs with cut below.

Did you know that many idiomatic expressions (idioms) in English also contain a lot of verbs? Just like phrasal verbs, idioms are a major part of the English language (slang in particular). They are used constantly amongst native English speakers and are handy to know and understand.


Now you’ve learnt all the phrasal verbs with cut, how about learning the idioms with cut too?