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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 

Alphabetical List of Idioms C, page 17

Idioms C, page 17:  from:   'cut loose'   to:   'cutting edge'

  • cut loose
    • If someone cuts loose or is cut loose, they stop being influenced or controlled by another person or group.
      "He's thirty years old and still hasn't cut loose from his familiy."

  • cut the mustard
    • The expression “cut the mustard” means to be good or competent enough to reach the expected or necessary standard, or to have the ability to perform satisfactorily.
      (often used negatively)
      "Tony is going to be dropped from the team – he just doesn’t cut the mustard."

  • cut one's losses
    • If you end or withdraw from something that is already failing, in order to reduce the loss of money, time or effort invested in it, you cut your losses.
      "The project is heading for failure. Let's cut our losses before it's too late."

  • cut a sorry figure
    • If you cut a sorry figure, you make a poor impression or cause pity or disdain on account of your appearance.
      "You’ll cut a sorry figure at the interview if you go dressed like that!”

  • cut one's own throat
    • If you cut your own throat, you do something that will be the cause of your own failure or ruin your chances in the future.
      "Tony has already missed a lot of classes. He's cutting his own throat."

  • cut it/cut things fine
    • If you cut it/cut things fine, you leave barely enough time to do something.
      "You're counting just an hour between the airport and the train station - isn't that cutting things a bit fine?"

  • cut it out
    • If you say 'cut it out' to someone, you are telling them to stop doing something.
      "I've had enough of your insinuations, so just cut it out!"

  • not cut out for something
    • If you are not cut out for something, you are not the sort of person to succeed or be happy in a particular activity.
      "I started studying medicine but I knew immediately that I wasn't cut out for it."

  • cut (someone) some slack
    • If you relax a rule, treat a person less severely or allow someone to do something which is normally not permitted, you cut them some slack.
      "Our parents are very strict; I wish they'd cut us some slack now and then."

  • cut to the quick
    • If you cut someone to the quick, you hurt their feelings or offend them deeply.
      "Alan was cut to the quick when Joe expressed doubt about his sincerity."

  • cutting edge
    • This expression refers to the newest, most advanced stage in the development of something.
      "The company is at the cutting edge of aeronautics."

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