Phrasal Verbs #9 – Cut


  1. Which one can’t you cut across?
    1. A park
    2. A piece of paper
    3. An issue
  1. Which one can’t you cut back on?
    1. Cigarettes
    2. Your mother
    3. Your spending
  1. Which one can’t you cut down?
    1. A hotel
    2. A tree
    3. The amount of junk food you eat
  1. Which one can’t cut in?
    1. A bus
    2. A butterfly
    3. The fan
  1. Which one can’t you cut off?
    1. Your hair
    2. Your son
    3. Your time
  1. Which one can’t you cut out?
    1. A tumour
    2. Cigarettes
    3. Your hair
  1. Which one can’t you cut up?
    1. A driver
    2. A house
    3. A steak

(Answers at bottom of page.)

Below is a list of some common phrasal verbs with CUT. There are many more. Read through the ones below and add those that you don’t know to your vocabulary lists. Then click on the links to do the quizzes. You may come across even more phrasal verbs with CUT. Did you know that you can check phrasal verbs in a good English/English dictionary to find meaning, example sentences and the grammar of how to use them?

cut across/through somewhere go through a place rather than around it to make the journey quicker It’ll be quicker if we cut across the park.
cut across something affect people of different groups, classes, etc The issue cuts across social backgrounds as it affects us all equally.
cut back on something consume less My doctor wants me to cut back on sweets and fatty foods.
cut something down make something fall to the ground We had to cut the old tree in our yard down after the storm.
cut something down consume less I’m trying to cut down the amount of coffee I drink during the day.
cut in interrupt Your father cut in while I was dancing with your uncle.
cut in pull in too closely in front of another vehicle The bus driver got angry when that car cut in.
cut in start operating (of an engine or electrical device) The air conditioner cuts in when the temperature gets to 22°C.
cut someone in include someone in a deal that makes money we had to cut the police in on the deal to avoid trouble
cut something off remove with something sharp The doctors cut off his leg because it was severely injured.
cut something off stop providing The phone company cut off our phone because we didn’t pay the bill.
cut someone off take out of a will My grandparents cut my father off when he remarried.
cut something out remove part of something (usually with scissors and paper) I cut this ad out of the newspaper.
cut something out stop doing something I cut out alcohol and now I feel much better.

Will you two idiots cut it out and keep quiet.

cut something up cut into smaller pieces After cutting the tree down, the logger cut it up into logs.
cut someone up drive into a neighbouring lane, directly in front of another vehicle was just driving onto the motorway slip-road, when a red Mini cut me up and I had to brake suddenly to avoid an accident


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