To Cut and Run (Origin)

by Craig Shrives

What Is the Origin of the Saying "To Cut and Run"?

Cut and run means to leave a situation quickly to avoid peril or compounding the situation. It is a nautical term which derives from the practice of cutting an anchor rope (as opposed to raising the anchor) in order to perform a hasty getaway in the face of danger.

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