cut (someone) dead


: to pretend not to see (someone one knows) : to deliberately ignore (someone)
When I saw her on the street yesterday, she cut me dead.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In spring, look carefully at your plants and cut dead canes (stems) as close to the ground as possible. Deb Wiley, Better Homes & Gardens, 24 Aug. 2022 When’s the best time to cut dead fronds from a fern? oregonlive, 30 Aug. 2020

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“Cut (someone) dead.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jun. 2023.

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