cut a figure


: to have a particular appearance
He cut a fine/dashing figure in his officer's uniform.

Examples of cut a figure in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Man About Town At the height of his power, Mr. Kissinger cut a figure that no Washington diplomat has matched since. David E. Sanger, New York Times, 30 Nov. 2023 Sitting in his empty dining room one morning, Xie cut a figure much younger than his 53 years. Washington Post, 3 Mar. 2022 Otherwise, Luzardo cut a figure in his outing Monday the A’s hope to see often this season. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, 22 Mar. 2021

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“Cut a figure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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