cut up

cut up
1. to act wildly; to show off and be troublesome; to act like a clown. •

Tom, Billy! Stop cutting up, or I'll send you to the principal's office.

If you spent more time studying than cutting up, you'd get better grades.

2. Go to cut up about someone or something
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{v.} 1. {informal} To hurt the feelings of; wound. - Usually used in the passive. * /John was badly cut up when Susie gave him back his ring./ 2. {slang} To act funny or rough; clown, * /Joe would always cut up if there were any girls watching./ * /At the party Jim and Ron were cutting up and broke a chair./ Compare: FOOL AROUND.

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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