you could cut it with a knife

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of you could cut it with a knife

used to say that something is very strong or intense
  • The excitement/tension in the room was so thick you could cut it with a knife.

Word by Word Definitions

you play
  1. : the one or ones being addressed — compare thee, thou, ye, your, yours

  2. : one

could play
  1. : past tense of can

  2. used in auxiliary function in the past, in the past conditional, and as an alternative to can suggesting less force or certainty or as a polite form in the present

cut play
  1. : to penetrate with or as if with an edged instrument

  2. : to hurt the feelings of

  3. : to strike sharply with a cutting effect

  1. : a product of cutting: such as

  2. : an opening made with an edged instrument

  3. : a wound made by something sharp : gash

  1. : marked by a well-developed and highly defined musculature

knife play
  1. : a cutting instrument consisting of a sharp blade fastened to a handle

  2. : a weapon or tool resembling a knife

  3. : a sharp cutting blade or tool in a machine

  1. : to use a knife on

  2. : to cut, mark, or spread with a knife

  3. : to try to defeat by underhanded means


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