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Cut a Dash

is an acrostic for cad.

Definition of the verb Cut a Dash

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  1. [idiomatic] To make a display of oneself; to give a conspicuous impression.

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Google previewDictionary of Americanism (1848)

by John Russel Bartlett

TO CUT A DASH. In modern colloquial speech, to make a great show ; to make a figure.—Johnson. A fashionable or gaily dressed lady in walking the streets is often said to cut a dash. In Scotland, according to Dr. Jamieson, the phrase to cast ...

Google previewThe Routledge Dictionary of Historical Slang (2003)

by Eric Partridge

cut a dash or shine or splash . To make a display, a notable figure; be very successful, prominent: resp. early C.18–20, C.19–20 (orig. U.S.) ...

Google previewA Dictionary of English Synonymes and Synonymous Or Parallel Expressions Designed as a Practical Guide to Aptness and Variety of Phraseology (1891)

by Richard Soule

Cut a dash. Make a display or great figure, make a show, show off, cut a figure. Cut a figure. See CUT \ DASH. Cut and dried.

Google previewAllen's Dictionary of English Phrases (2008)

by Robert Allen

cut a dash to look smart or handsome. The underlying meaning of cut is the 17th cent. sense 'to perform an action or gesture' (as also in cut ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Modern Slang, Cant, And, Vulgar Words (1860)

Preceded by a History of Cant and Vulgar Language : with Glossaries of Two Secret Languages by John C. Hotten

CUT, to run away, move off quickly; to cease doing anything ; Cut and run, to quit work, or occupation, and start off at once ; to cut didoes, synonymous with to cut capers ; cut a dash, make a show ; Cut A caper, to dance or show off in a strange ...

Google previewCrossword Puzzle Dictionary (2015)

by Murali Mohan Hundigam

carve Cut a caper—skip or jump playfully Cut a dash—impress Cut a small notch in—snick Cut and run—flee Cut apart—dissect Cut as with a sword—slash Cut at a slant—bevel Cut back—trim Cut back on expenditure—curtail, economise, ...

Google previewThe Oxford Dictionary of Idioms (2005)

by Judith Siefring

vulgar slang cut a dash be stylish or impressive in your dress ...

Google previewDictionary of phrase and fable. [A dictionary of English literature] by W.D. Adams, with additions (1885)

by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer

Cut a Dash. Make a show.

Google previewThe Standard Dictionary of English Slang

To cut a dash : to make a ...

Google previewChambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D)

by Various

Cut a dash, or figure, to make a conspicuous cutting out, arching it over, and then covering in; Cutand. appearance; Cutandcomeagain, abundant supply, from the notionof cutting a slice,and returning atwill for another; Cutandcover, ...

Google previewA Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue (1785)

Dash, a tavern drawer ; to cut a dash, to make a figure. David Jones, the devil, the spirit of the sea, called Keken D E A Neken In the north countries, such as D A V.

Google previewBlackguardiana; or, a Dictionary of rogues, bawds ... &c., &c. Illustrated with eighteen portraits, etc. [By James Caulfield.] (1795)

- Dash, a tavern drawer; to cut a dash, to make a figure. DAv ID JoNEs, the devil, the spirit of the fca, called - Neken -- * .

Google previewA Dictionary of Slang and Colloquial English (1905)

Abridged from the Seven-volume Work, Entitled: Slang and Its Analogues by John Stephen Farmer, William Ernest Henley

To cut a dash, splash (or shine), to make a show, attract attention through some idiosyncrasy of manner, appearance, or conduct. In the United States to cut a splurge (or a swathe), FT., flamber, faire du flafla, and faire flower (1771). To cut a ...

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