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 for To cut and run
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Cut \Cut\ (k[u^]t), v. i.
     1. To do the work of an edged tool; to serve in dividing or
        gashing; as, a knife cuts well.
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     2. To admit of incision or severance; to yield to a cutting
        instrument.
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              Panels of white wood that cuts like cheese.
                                                    --Holmes.
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     3. To perform the operation of dividing, severing, incising,
        intersecting, etc.; to use a cutting instrument.
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              He saved the lives of thousands by his manner of
              cutting for the stone.                --Pope.
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     4. To make a stroke with a whip.
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     5. To interfere, as a horse.
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     6. To move or make off quickly. [Colloq.]
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     7. To divide a pack of cards into two portion to decide the
        deal or trump, or to change the order of the cards to be
        dealt.
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     To cut across, to pass over or through in the most direct
        way; as, to cut across a field.
  
     To cut and run, to make off suddenly and quickly; -- from
        the cutting of a ship's cable, when there is not time to
        raise the anchor. [Colloq.]
  
     To cut in or To cut into, to interrupt; to join in
        anything suddenly.
  
     To cut up.
        (a) To play pranks. [Colloq.]
        (b) To divide into portions well or ill; to have the
            property left at one's death turn out well or poorly
            when divided among heirs, legatees, etc. [Slang.]
            "When I die, may I cut up as well as Morgan
            Pendennis." --Thackeray.
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