Michael Cohen retweeted something which said:
let’s gut her
"her" is referring to Megyn Kelly.
He later said that this was not a threat to her safety, as the definition of "gut" is:
to make (something) no longer effective
I looked at Webster, and it defines "gut" as:
- to remove the internal organs from (a fish or an animal)
- to destroy the inside of (a structure)
- to destroy the power of (something) : to make (something) no longer effective
Examples of gut in a sentence
- The salmon is already gutted and filleted.
- Critics claim that these reforms will gut the law.
I knew that both definitions exist, but I didn't know that the second definition - to make something no longer effective - could be used when referring to a person, I always thought it could only be used when referring to things such as laws and regulations. So my questions are:
- Can "to gut" be used like this, referring to a person?
- Is it commonly used this way?
- Is that how most native speakers would interpret the sentence?