cut and run


cut and run
a) To sail away quickly by cutting the yarns that hold the sails furled.

They held on as long as they could, but when the heavy artillery fire started, they had to cut and run.

b) To hurry away; to escape.

President Bush laid out the scenario we face if the United States decides to cut and run.


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  • cut and run — {v.}, {informal} To abandon an unfavorable situation. * /When the price of coffee dropped sharply many investors wanted to cut and run./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • cut and run — {v.}, {informal} To abandon an unfavorable situation. * /When the price of coffee dropped sharply many investors wanted to cut and run./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • cut and run — If people cut and run, they take what they can get and leave before they lose everything …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • cut and run — ► cut and run informal make a speedy departure from a difficult situation rather than deal with it. [ORIGIN: originally a nautical phrase, meaning «cut the anchor cable because of an emergency and make sail immediately».] Main Entry: ↑cut …   English terms dictionary

  • Cut and run — For other uses, see Cut and run (disambiguation). Cut and run is a pejorative[citation needed] phrase used in the context of a war or battle meaning cowardly retreat.[citation needed] Thus, stripped of emotional connotation, the phrase simply… …   Wikipedia

  • cut and run — phrasal 1. : to cut mooring cables and sail before the wind 2. : to hurry off abruptly hearing the alarm, the gang cut and ran * * * cut and run To be off or escape quickly • • • Main Entry: ↑cut * * * cut and run in …   Useful english dictionary

  • cut and run — in. to stop what one is doing and flee. □ The cops were coming, so we cut and run. □ At the first warning, we cut and run …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • cut and run — to avoid a difficult situation by leaving suddenly. He had learned as a boy that there is a time to stay and fight and a time to cut and run …   New idioms dictionary

  • cut\ and\ run — v informal To abandon an unfavorable situation. When the price of coffee dropped sharply many investors wanted to cut and run …   Словарь американских идиом

  • cut and run — informal to get out of a situation when it becomes too difficult or unpleasant When she got pregnant, he cut and run …   English dictionary


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