To cut off

To sever; to separate.

See also: Cut

References in classic literature ?
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.
Why,' said the cock, 'I was just now saying that we should have fine weather for our washing-day, and yet my mistress and the cook don't thank me for my pains, but threaten to cut off my head tomorrow, and make broth of me for the guests that are coming on Sunday
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.
Jesus tells us to use a sword to cut off our hands and feet if they cause us to sin (Mark, 9: 42-46).