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 Custos Rotulo’rum (keeper of the rolls).Cut. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Cut.
 
To renounce acquaintance. There are four sorts of cut—   1
   (1) The cut direct is to stare an acquaintance in the face and pretend not to know him.   2
   (2) The cut indirect, to look another way, and pretend not to see him.   3
   (3) The cut sublime, to admire the top of some tall edifice or the clouds of heaven till the person cut has passed by.   4
   (4) The cut infernal, to stoop and adjust your boots till the party has gone past.   5
   There is a very remarkable Scripture illustration of the word cut, meaning to renounce: “Jehovah took a staff and cut it asunder, in token that He would break His covenant with His people; and He cut another staff asunder, in token that He would break the brotherhood between Judah and Israel” (Zech. xi. 7–14).   6
 


 Custos Rotulo’rum (keeper of the rolls).Cut. 

 
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