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TO CUT, crim. law. To wound with an instrument having a sharp edge. 1 Russ. on Cr. 577. Vide To Stab; Wound.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Sometimes they cut down trees of the largest size and then cull the branches, the bark of which is most to their taste.
The first leaf he cut down released Scraps, and on seeing her the Shaggy Man threw back his shaggy head, opened wide his mouth and laughed so shaggily and yet so merrily that Scraps liked him at once.
When he cut down the second leaf he rescued the Glass Cat, and Bungle was so frightened that she scampered away like a streak and soon had joined Ojo, when she sat beside him panting and trembling.
"I should like to see Sotherton before it is cut down, to see the place as it is now, in its old state; but I do not suppose I shall."
It struck me again tonight, as if I had not seen it almost daily for more than twenty years -- Why, here is Walden, the same woodland lake that I discovered so many years ago; where a forest was cut down last winter another is springing up by its shore as lustily as ever; the same thought is welling up to its surface that was then; it is the same liquid joy and happiness to itself and its Maker, ay, and it may be to me.
Meanwhile Dolly and the children had moved into the country, to cut down expenses as much as possible.
Mohamed Zin was responding to the statement by Kampung Dew Fireflies Tourism Association secretary Shukor Ishak, who claimed that nine more berembang mangrove trees in the area, estimated to be over 80 years old, were cut down.
According to details TESCO cut down the electricity connections of more than 4000 shops in the market some five month ago and still the electricity was not available to these shops.
SMOKERS who quit the habit by going cold turkey are 25% more likely to succeed than those who cut down first, research shows.
We don't need to cut down trees anymore, dean Liza Corro said, but added that three trees would be earth-balled and replanted elsewhere.
A hotel in Belek, a seaside resort area of Antalya province, has begun to cut down dozens of trees, many of them over 50 years old, in order to expand its golf course.
Cut down the foliage of bulbs naturalised in grass ?