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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theycut out
he/she/itcuts out
present participlecutting out
past tensecut out
past participlecut out
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to remove something from a larger piece by cutting
    cut something out of something: I cut this article out of a magazine for you.
    1. a.
      to make something by cutting it from a larger piece
      cut something out from something: Cut out six circles from a large sheet of paper.
  2. 2
    [transitive] to stop eating something or doing something, especially because it is bad for your health
    I’m trying to cut out chocolate completely.
  3. 3
    [transitive] same as cut1
    They’ve cut out several scenes in which I appeared.
  4. 4
    [transitive]cut someone out to not allow someone to do something or get something
    cut someone out of something: I don’t want to cut the children out of our plans.
    cut someone out of your will (=not leave them anything when you die): Frank’s mother cut him out of her will.
  5. 8
    cut it/that out spoken used for telling someone to stop doing something that you do not like
    Will you cut it out – I’m trying to sleep here!
  6. 9
    not be cut out for something/to do something to lack the right qualities or character for doing something
    Bill was never cut out to be a parent.
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