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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theycut in
he/she/itcuts in
present participlecutting in
past tensecut in
past participlecut in
  1. 1
    [intransitive] if someone cuts in when you are dancing with someone, they start dancing with the person you were dancing with
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  2. 3
    [intransitive] to drive past a vehicle and move quickly in front of it in a dangerous way
  3. 4
    [intransitive] to interrupt someone who is speaking

    “That’s ridiculous,” Sue cut in.

  4. 5
    [transitive] cut someone in informal to allow someone to get part of the profits of something
    cut someone in on something:

    They wouldn’t cut me in on the deal.

  5. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    to move into a line of people or things out of turn

    The customers queuing at the check-out would not let anyone cut in just because they had only a few items.

    Submitted by Boris Marchenko from Russian Federation on 29/07/2015
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to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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