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 Cut Off with a Shilling.Cut your Coat according to your Cloth. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Cut out.
 
Left in the lurch; superseded. In cards, when there are too many for a game (say whist), it is customary for the players to cut out after a [rubber], in order that another player may have a turn. This is done by the players cutting the cards on the table, and the lowest turn-up gives place to the new hand, who “supersedes” him, or takes his place.   1
   It does not refer to cutting out a ship from an enemy’s port.   2
   He is cut out for a sailor. His natural propensities are suited for the vocation. The allusion is to cutting out cloth, etc., for specific purposes.   3
 


 Cut Off with a Shilling.Cut your Coat according to your Cloth. 

 
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