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 Cut your Coat according to your Cloth.Cut and Dry. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Cut a Dash.
 
Make a show. Cut is the French couper, better seen in the noun coup, as a grand cou&pgrave;, a coup de maître (a masterly stroke), so “to cut” means to make a masterly coup, to do something to be looked at and talked about. Dashing means strikingi.e. showy, as a “dashing fellow,” a “dashing equipage.” To cut a dash is to get one’s self looked at and talked about for a showy or striking appearance.   1
 


 Cut your Coat according to your Cloth.Cut and Dry. 

 
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