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Spanish translation of “cut”


verb /kat/ (present participle cutting, past tense past participle cut)
to make an opening in, usually with something with a sharp edge He cut the paper with a pair of scissors. to separate or divide by cutting She cut a slice of bread The child cut out the pictures She cut up the meat into small pieces. to make by cutting
cortar, hacer
She cut a hole in the cloth.
to shorten by cutting; to trim to cut hair I’ll cut the grass. to reduce They cut my wages by ten per cent. to remove They cut several passages from the film. to wound or hurt by breaking the skin (of) I cut my hand on a piece of glass. to divide (a pack of cards). to stop When the actress said the wrong words, the director ordered ‘Cut!’ to take a short route or way
cortar (por)
He cut through/across the park on his way to the office A van cut in in front of me on the motorway.
to meet and cross (a line or geometrical figure) An axis cuts a circle in two places. to stay away from (a class, lecture etc) He cut school and went to the cinema. (also cut dead) to ignore completely
ignorar, hacer como si no viera
She cut me dead in the High Street.
cutter noun a person or thing that cuts a wood-cutter a glass-cutter. a type of small sailing ship. cutting noun a piece of plant cut off and replanted to form another plant. an article cut out from a newspaper etc She collects cuttings about the Royal Family. a trench dug through a hillside etc, in which a railway, road etc is built.
cut glass glass with ornamental patterns cut on the surface, used for drinking glasses etc.
vidrio tallado
cut-price cheaper than normal cut-price goods a cut-price store. cut-throat noun a murderer. a cut above (obviously) better than He’s a cut above the average engineer. cut and dried fixed and definite cut-and-dried opinions. cut back (cutback) cut both ways to affect both parts of a question, both people involved, good and bad points etc
ser de doble filo
That argument cuts both ways!
cut a dash to have a smart or striking appearance
dar muy buena impresión
He cuts a dash in his purple suit.
cut down to cause to fall by cutting He has cut down the apple tree. to reduce (an amount taken etc) I haven’t given up smoking but I’m cutting down. cut in to interrupt She cut in with a remark. cut it fine to allow barely enough time, money etc for something that must be done.
dejar poco margen, llegar con el tiempo justo
cut no ice to have no effect
no convencer a alguien
This sort of flattery cuts no ice with me.
cut off to interrupt or break a telephone connection I was cut off in the middle of the telephone call. to separate They were cut off from the rest of the army. to stop or prevent delivery of They’ve cut off our supplies of coal. cut one’s losses to decide to spend no more money, effort etc on something which is proving unprofitable. cut one’s teeth to grow one’s first teeth
salir los dientes
The baby’s cutting his first tooth.
cut out to stop working, sometimes because of a safety device The engines cut out (noun cut-out). to stop
dejar de
I’ve cut out smoking.
cut short to make shorter than intended He cut short his holiday to deal with the crisis. to cause (someone) to stop talking by interrupting them
interrumpir, cortar a alguien en seco
I tried to apologize but he cut me short.
(Definition of cut from the Password English-Spanish Dictionary © 2013 K Dictionaries Ltd)

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