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onsen
Posted: Tuesday, December 3, 2019 9:50:21 AM
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Hello,

Quote:

Road rage
I was on my way to work the other day when some idiot cut me up on the main road. It made me really angry, so I sounded the horn, and drove up right behind him. He just drove on. Then he turned right; he turned left and I turned left. I wasn’t actually following him - I was just driving to work.
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(Oxford LEARNER’S POCKET Phrasal Verbs & Idioms, underlining added)


About the underlined sentence.
I was on my way to work the other day when some idiot cut me up on the main road.
……↑……………………………………………………………………………………↑
clause A……………………………………………………………………clause B

I changed the underlined sentence to the following sentence.

clause B + when + clause A.

That is:
Some idiot cut me up on the main road when I was on my way to work the other day.

My question.
Does the above sentence work in the given context?


Thank you.
Wilmar (USA) 1M
Posted: Tuesday, December 3, 2019 10:49:34 AM

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That idiot didn't cut you up -- he cut you off.
FounDit
Posted: Tuesday, December 3, 2019 3:02:58 PM

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onsen wrote:
Hello,

Quote:

Road rage
I was on my way to work the other day when some idiot cut me up on the main road. It made me really angry, so I sounded the horn, and drove up right behind him. He just drove on. Then he turned right; he turned left and I turned left. I wasn’t actually following him - I was just driving to work.
omitted
(Oxford LEARNER’S POCKET Phrasal Verbs & Idioms, underlining added)


About the underlined sentence.
I was on my way to work the other day when some idiot cut me up on the main road.
……↑……………………………………………………………………………………↑
clause A……………………………………………………………………clause B

I changed the underlined sentence to the following sentence.

clause B + when + clause A.

That is:
Some idiot cut me up on the main road when I was on my way to work the other day.

My question.
Does the above sentence work in the given context?
Yes, you can say it both ways and it would sound very natural. In AmE, however, we use "cut off", as Wilmar says.


Thank you.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Friday, December 6, 2019 11:08:52 AM

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Just to note for posterity.
FounDit implied (but didn't SAY exactly) that "cut up" is a British English idiomatic verb with this meaning.
He's right.

cut up vb (tr, adverb)
5. informal (of a driver) to overtake or pull in front of (another driver) in a dangerous manner

Collins English Dictionary
Romany
Posted: Friday, December 6, 2019 2:29:03 PM
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Good grief! There's a turn up for the books!

I've never heard anyone using "cut up". When I read the OP I immediately thought of Onsen sitting in the middle of the highway with knife slashes all over him, spurting blood!

And if my next-door neighbour told me her partner had been cut up on the way home I would imagine poor Jeff in exactly the same state!

Thanks. Now if I ever hear anyone saying it I won't turn pale and rush over to give them a comforting hug!

Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Saturday, December 7, 2019 5:45:41 AM

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Romany wrote:
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Ah-ha! Road-rage!
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