To cut off

To sever; to separate.

See also: Cut

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in classic literature ?
"The best means, sire, to put your life in security, is to send for him at once, and to cut off his head directly he comes," said the vizir.
The superior officers all wanted to distinguish themselves, to cut off, to seize, to capture, and to overthrow the French, and all clamored for action.
Ermolov, Miloradovich, Platov, and others in proximity to the French near Vyazma could not resist their desire to cut off and break up two French corps, and by way of reporting their intention to Kutuzov they sent him a blank sheet of paper in an envelope.
Thus you will be able to cut off all his seven heads.
He assembled a good many Foxes and publicly advised them to cut off their tails, saying that they would not only look much better without them, but that they would get rid of the weight of the brush, which was a very great inconvenience.
Summary: Option to cut off power and water supplies aimed to force people to comply with the law
ANBAR/ Aswat al-Iraq: Deputy Chairman of Anbar Provincial Council Falih al-Issawi reported that the Iraqi army managed to cut off all supply roads of Da'ish terrorists in Karma area.
Published on Friday, 21 February 2014 10:45 PNN An Israeli electricity company Thursday threatened to cut off supplies to the West Bank over unpaid debts, and said that it would also cut off electricity to the West Bank and Jerusalem completely starting on Sunday, 23 February.
MOSKOVA (CyHAN)- A bet is a bet, according to the outcome of an arm wrestling match between two drinking buddies in the southwestern Siberian region of Kuzbass in which the loser was to cut off his ear, RIA Novosti reported Friday, citing the regional police.
The administration has refused to call Morsi's overthrow a "coup," which would require it to cut off aid, saying it hoped to steer the country toward a democratic transition.
March 29 2012 (TUR) -- European Parliament's rapporteur on Turkey Ria Oomen-Ruijten called on Turkey's Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) to cut off all ties with terrorist organization PKK.
London, Sept 1 (ANI): A veteran US logger was forced to cut off his toes to survive after getting stuck in the remote woods of Colorado.