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

    He decided to cut through the forest.

  2. 2
    cut through something to make a path through something by cutting

    She tried to cut through the undergrowth.

    cut a way/path/route through something:

    He cut his way through the jungle with a machete.

  3. 3
    cut through something to deal quickly and effectively with something that causes problems or is confusing

    We need to cut through the political rhetoric and see what really lies behind the policy.

  4. 4
    cut through something to move quickly and smoothly through something

    England cut through the French defence and scored a try.

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