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

  Cut \Cut\ (k[u^]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cut; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Cutting.] [OE. cutten, kitten, ketten; prob. of Celtic
     origin; cf. W. cwtau to shorten, curtail, dock, cwta
     bobtailed, cwt tail, skirt, Gael. cutaich to shorten,
     curtail, dock, cutach short, docked, cut a bobtail, piece,
     Ir. cut a short tail, cutach bobtailed. Cf. Coot.]
     1. To separate the parts of with, or as with, a sharp
        instrument; to make an incision in; to gash; to sever; to
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              You must cut this flesh from off his breast. --Shak.
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              Before the whistling winds the vessels fly,
              With rapid swiftness cut the liquid way. --Pope.
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     2. To sever and cause to fall for the purpose of gathering;
        to hew; to mow or reap.
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              Thy servants can skill to cut timer.  --2. Chron.
                                                    ii. 8
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     3. To sever and remove by cutting; to cut off; to dock; as,
        to cut the hair; to cut the nails.
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     4. To castrate or geld; as, to cut a horse.
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     5. To form or shape by cutting; to make by incision, hewing,
        etc.; to carve; to hew out.
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              Why should a man. whose blood is warm within,
              Sit like his grandsire cut in alabaster? --Shak.
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              Loopholes cut through thickest shade. --Milton.
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     6. To wound or hurt deeply the sensibilities of; to pierce;
        to lacerate; as, sarcasm cuts to the quick.
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              The man was cut to the heart.         --Addison.
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     7. To intersect; to cross; as, one line cuts another at right
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     8. To refuse to recognize; to ignore; as, to cut a person in
        the street; to cut one's acquaintance. [Colloq.]
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     9. To absent one's self from; as, to cut an appointment, a
        recitation. etc. [Colloq.]
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              An English tradesman is always solicitous to cut the
              shop whenever he can do so with impunity. --Thomas
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     10. (Cricket) To deflect (a bowled ball) to the off, with a
         chopping movement of the bat.
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     11. (Billiards, etc.) To drive (an object ball) to either
         side by hitting it fine on the other side with the cue
         ball or another object ball.
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     12. (Lawn Tennis, etc.) To strike (a ball) with the racket
         inclined or struck across the ball so as to put a certain
         spin on the ball.
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     13. (Croquet) To drive (a ball) to one side by hitting with
         another ball.
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     To cut a caper. See under Caper.
     To cut the cards, to divide a pack of cards into portions,
        in order to determine the deal or the trump, or to change
        the cards to be dealt.
     To cut both ways, to have effects both advantageous and
     To cut corners, to deliberately do an incomplete or
        imperfect job in order to save time or money.
     To cut a dash or To cut a figure, to make a display of
        oneself; to give a conspicuous impression. [Colloq.]
     To cut down.
         (a) To sever and cause to fall; to fell; to prostrate.
             "Timber . . . cut down in the mountains of Cilicia."
         (b) To put down; to abash; to humble. [Obs] "So great is
             his natural eloquence, that he cuts down the finest
             orator." --Addison
         (c) To lessen; to retrench; to curtail; as, to cut down
         (d) (Naut.) To raze; as, to cut down a frigate into a
     To cut the knot or To cut the Gordian knot, to dispose of
        a difficulty summarily; to solve it by prompt, arbitrary
        action, rather than by skill or patience.
     To cut lots, to determine lots by cuttings cards; to draw
     To cut off.
         (a) To sever; to separate.
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                   I would to God, . . .
                   The king had cut off my brother's. --Shak.
         (b) To put an untimely death; to put an end to; to
             destroy. "Iren[ae]us was likewise cut off by
             martyrdom." --Addison.
         (c) To interrupt; as, to cut off communication; to cut
             off (the flow of) steam from (the boiler to) a steam
         (d) To intercept; as,, to cut off an enemy's retreat.
         (e) To end; to finish; as, to cut off further debate.
     To cut out.
         (a) To remove by cutting or carving; as, to cut out a
             piece from a board.
         (b) To shape or form by cutting; as, to cut out a
             garment. " A large forest cut out into walks."
         (c) To scheme; to contrive; to prepare; as, to cut out
             work for another day. "Every man had cut out a place
             for himself." --Addison.
         (d) To step in and take the place of; to supplant; as, to
             cut out a rival. [Colloq.]
         (e) To debar. "I am cut out from anything but common
             acknowledgments." --Pope.
         (f) To seize and carry off (a vessel) from a harbor, or
             from under the guns of an enemy.
         (g) to separate from the midst of a number; as, to cut
             out a steer from a herd; to cut out a car from a
         (h) to discontinue; as, to cut out smoking.
     To cut to pieces.
         (a) To cut into pieces; as, to cut cloth to pieces.
         (b) To slaughter; as, to cut an army to pieces.
     To cut a play (Drama), to shorten it by leaving out
        passages, to adapt it for the stage.
     To cut rates (Railroads, etc.), to reduce the charges for
        transportation below the rates established between
        competing lines.
     To cut short, to arrest or check abruptly; to bring to a
        sudden termination. "Achilles cut him short, and thus
        replied." --Dryden.
     To cut stick, to make off clandestinely or precipitately.
     To cut teeth, to put forth teeth; to have the teeth pierce
        through the gum and appear.
     To have cut one's eyeteeth, to be sharp and knowing.
     To cut one's wisdom teeth, to come to years of discretion.
     To cut under, to undersell; as, to cut under a competitor
        in trade; more commonly referred to as undercut.
     To cut up.
         (a) To cut to pieces; as, to cut up an animal, or bushes.
         (b) To damage or destroy; to injure; to wound; as, to cut
             up a book or its author by severe criticism. "This
             doctrine cuts up all government by the roots."
         (c) To afflict; to discourage; to demoralize; as, the
             death of his friend cut him up terribly. [Colloq.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Down \Down\, adv. [For older adown, AS. ad[=u]n, ad[=u]ne,
     prop., from or off the hill. See 3d Down, and cf. Adown,
     and cf. Adown.]
     1. In the direction of gravity or toward the center of the
        earth; toward or in a lower place or position; below; --
        the opposite of up.
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     2. Hence, in many derived uses, as:
        (a) From a higher to a lower position, literally or
            figuratively; in a descending direction; from the top
            of an ascent; from an upright position; to the ground
            or floor; to or into a lower or an inferior condition;
            as, into a state of humility, disgrace, misery, and
            the like; into a state of rest; -- used with verbs
            indicating motion.
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                  It will be rain to-night. Let it come down.
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                  I sit me down beside the hazel grove.
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                  And that drags down his life.     --Tennyson.
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                  There is not a more melancholy object in the
                  learned world than a man who has written himself
                  down.                             --Addison.
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                  The French . . . shone down [i. e., outshone]
                  the English.                      --Shak.
        (b) In a low or the lowest position, literally or
            figuratively; at the bottom of a descent; below the
            horizon; on the ground; in a condition of humility,
            dejection, misery, and the like; in a state of quiet.
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                  I was down and out of breath.     --Shak.
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                  The moon is down; I have not heard the clock.
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                  He that is down needs fear no fall. --Bunyan.
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     3. From a remoter or higher antiquity.
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              Venerable men! you have come down to us from a
              former generation.                    --D. Webster.
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     4. From a greater to a less bulk, or from a thinner to a
        thicker consistence; as, to boil down in cookery, or in
        making decoctions. --Arbuthnot.
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     Note: Down is sometimes used elliptically, standing for go
           down, come down, tear down, take down, put down, haul
           down, pay down, and the like, especially in command or
                 Down, therefore, and beg mercy of the duke.
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                 If he be hungry more than wanton, bread alone
                 will down.                         --Locke.
           Down is also used intensively; as, to be loaded down;
           to fall down; to hang down; to drop down; to pay down.
                 The temple of Her[`e] at Argos was burnt down.
           Down, as well as up, is sometimes used in a
           conventional sense; as, down East.
                 Persons in London say down to Scotland, etc., and
                 those in the provinces, up to London.
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     Down helm (Naut.), an order to the helmsman to put the helm
        to leeward.
     Down on or Down upon (joined with a verb indicating
        motion, as go, come, pounce), to attack, implying the idea
        of threatening power.
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              Come down upon us with a mighty power. --Shak.
     Down with, take down, throw down, put down; -- used in
        energetic command, often by people aroused in crowds,
        referring to people, laws, buildings, etc.; as, down with
        the king! "Down with the palace; fire it." --Dryden.
     To be down on, to dislike and treat harshly. [Slang, U.S.]
     To cry down. See under Cry, v. t.
     To cut down. See under Cut, v. t.
     Up and down, with rising and falling motion; to and fro;
        hither and thither; everywhere. "Let them wander up and
        down." --Ps. lix. 15.
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