[Ads-l] Dialogue from Star, a neo-blaxpoitation TV drama

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Wed Feb 15 23:56:29 EST 2017

"Well, I’m going to go ahead and _cut out_"

in  which "cut out" is an ancient - haven’t heard it used since the ’40’s -
BE term meaning simply "go, leave." It has, apparently, only extended
meanings in standard English, e.g.


"cut out
phrasal verb of cut

1. …
2. NORTH AMERICAN _informal_ (of a person) leave quickly, especially so as
to avoid a boring or awkward situation."


"cut out v.3 [ext. cut v.2 (2)/cut v.4 (2)]
1. to rush away, to leave fast, to escape. 1834-2011 [passim]."


"cut out v. 1.a. to take off in a rush.

… 1.b. to run away, clear out; (hence) to leave; to be on one’s way [In
general currency esp. since ca1950, but now less freq. than _split_.]"

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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