Cut up, cut up rough, nasty etc

Origin of: Cut up, cut up rough, nasty etc

Cut up, cut up rough, nasty etc

To be cut up is to be vexed, sorrowful or very upset and dates from the mid-19th century. This figurative meaning derives from the literal allusion of being cut up into pieces, which is enough to upset anyone. To cut up rough, nasty etc means to become violent or quarrelsome and this usage of cut up dates from the late 19th century.