To cut up

To play pranks.
To divide into portions well or ill; to have the property left at one's death turn out well or poorly when divided among heirs, legatees, etc.
- Thackeray.
See under Cut, v. t. & i.

See also: Cut, Cut, Up

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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This win, though, didn't come easy for the Lady Maroons who had to withhold a desperate FEU rally in the final moments of the match with the Lady Tamaraws pouring everything they can to cut UP's lead.
In fact, you might say that these denials are themselves connected and that Burroughs embraced Scientology and tried to turn Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health into a creative method precisely in order to cut up the past.