cut across

transitive verb

Definition of cut across

  1. 1 :  to avoid following or being subsumed, defined, or determined by or in accordance with :  counter, transcend an issue that cuts across party lines

  2. 2 :  to include within the scope of effect or significance a development that cuts across all strata of society

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capable of being understood in two ways

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