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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theycut across
he/she/itcuts across
present participlecutting across
past tensecut across
past participlecut across
  1. 1
    cut across something to go across an area of land instead of going around the edge of it

    We cut across the field to save time.

  2. 2
    cut across something same as cut1 (sense 12)

    A river cut across the track about a hundred metres further on.

  3. 3
    cut across something to affect two or more different groups
See also main entry: cut

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in an online conversation, repeatedly asking a person questions which suggest that you are interested in what they are talking about, but are actually intended to annoy them

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