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Difference between Cut someone dead and Cut someone’s throat

cut someone dead

1. refuse to recognize a person; pretend not to know smb.:

  • She proceeded on her way, her nose at a celebrated elevation—an icy nose. She cut him dead.

2. ignore a person when being talked to (because one is angry, etc.):

  • He started talking to her and she cut him dead saying “I don’t want to hear your life history, pal!”

cut someone’s throat—(hyperbolic) cause smb.’s ruin or downfall:

  • We’re shorthanded right now, and Genevieve would cut my throat if I tried to send you.