cut and run


: to leave quickly in order to avoid danger or trouble
You can't just cut and run when your friends are in trouble.

Examples of cut and run in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The entire family is shaken after the confrontation; while the kids are sullen and jumpy after the fight, Georgia has decided to cut and run, even cancelling her wedding venue without telling Paul. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 8 Jan. 2023 Some opted to cut and run for Saudi money, others to stay and fight — as much against the structure and complacency of their own Tour as against LIV. Eamon Lynch, USA TODAY, 24 Aug. 2022 Twitter does not appear willing to let Musk cut and run. Michael Kan, PCMAG, 8 July 2022 What’s more, in each of these wars, the U.S. could never care as much as the neighboring power, for whom there was never an option to cut and run. Tom McTague, The Atlantic, 4 July 2022 And why are complications considered malpractice until appropriate discovery tells the plaintiff lawyer to cut and run? Shakeel Ahmed, Forbes, 5 Nov. 2021 The Afghanistan debacle has demonstrated to friend and foe alike that, faced with problematic overseas commitments, the Biden administration’s first instinct is to cut and run. Arthur Herman, National Review, 9 Sep. 2021 The urge to cut and run from your responsibilities could strike at any moment. Tarot Astrologers,, 22 Aug. 2021 Giving up the idea of a peace agreement between the Afghan government and the Taliban, appearing to cut and run, and abandoning our allies and supporters in the most chaotic way imaginable, after so many years of effort and sacrifice, is a betrayal and a failure impossible to fully understand. Angelina Jolie, Time, 20 Aug. 2021 See More

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“Cut and run.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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