The word ‘cut‘ can mean many different things. As a verb, the meaning is to remove or divide into pieces.
- 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
Let’s learn the meaning of the phrasal verbs that contain the verb ‘cut’ in more detail and see some examples in use.
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?