Meaning of “cut sth up” in the English Dictionary

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"cut sth up" in British English

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cut sth up

phrasal verb with cut uk /kʌt/ us /kʌt/ verb present participle cutting, past tense and past participle cut

B1 to cut something into pieces


  • Cut the chicken breast up into small pieces.
  • How do you stop your eyes from watering when you're cutting up onions?
  • The children cut up lots of coloured paper and pictures from magazine to make a collage.
  • He took her credit card and cut it up into pieces because she had run up such a huge bill.
  • OK then - we'll cut the cake up into equal pieces. How many people want cake?

(Definition of “cut sth up” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)