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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 

Alphabetical List of Idioms C, page 16

Idioms C, page 16:  from:   'off the cuff'   to:   'cut no ice'

  • off the cuff
    • If you speak off the cuff, you say something without any previous thought or preparation.
      "He handles off-the-cuff interviews very well."

  • on the cusp
    • On the cusp refers to a point in time that marks a transition or the beginning of a change.
      "Some people think the world is on the cusp of a new era."

  • a cut above
    • Someone or something that is a cut above the others is better or of higher quality.
      "The articles in this magazine are a cut above the others."

  • cut both ways
    • Something that cuts both ways has both a positive and a negative effect at the same time.
      "Banning cars in the town centre can cut both ways: less traffic congestion but fewer customers in the shops."

  • cut the cackle
    • If you tell a group of people to cut the cackle, you are asking them to stop talking aimlessly and start dealing with more important or serious matters.
      "OK. It's time to cut the cackle and get down to business"

  • cut corners
    • Cutting corners means not following the correct procedure in order to save time, effort or money (often with unsatisfactory results).
      "I want the job well done - no cutting corners please!"

  • cut a dash
    • If a person cuts a dash, they make a striking impression by their appearance and attractive clothes.
      "Wearing his uniform, my grandfather cut a dash on his wedding day."

  • cut and dried
    • If you refer to a situation, problem or solution as cut and dried, you mean that it is clear, straightforward and unambiguous, with no likely complications.
      "When the new manager arrived, he didn't find the situation as cut and dried as he had expected."

  • cut from the same cloth
    • If two people are cut from the same cloth, they are very similar in character or behaviour.
      "Although the brothers look alike, they are not cut from the same cloth. They each have their own personality."

  • cut the ground from under someone's feet
    • When someone cuts the ground from under another's feet, they do something which weakens their position or spoils their plans.
      "When we launched the new product, we cut the ground from under our competitors' feet."

  • cut no ice
    • If something cuts no ice, it has no effect or makes no impression on someone.
      "Her explanation cut no ice with the teacher who said he would tolerate no more unjustified absences."

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