So I kind of remembered this phrasal verb cut + somebody + off, note that I'm not sure about the adverb particle, it's possibly either off or out or else I couldn't remember. Anyway I saw this when I was playing a novel game (I don't remember the name of the game).

The story is about a lonely boy who thinks he's being hated by his friend and turns to be a bad boy. He complains about the way his friends treat him as if he is cut off/out by them. However, his friends tell him that he is the one who cut off/out them first.

Anyway, that's the best I could remember about the story. One of the characters use the the prasal verb that's started by a verb cut. Can you tell me which phrasal verb I'm looking for? I suppose, it has similar meaning to unfriend. Like when someone cuts the friendship or something.

  • Synonym ostracise Commented Dec 22, 2021 at 12:38
  • @FumbleFingers I'm kind of familiar with this one. Is it like when I join in a club with people and they like exclude me? Eh? Thanks, but I need the phrasal verb.
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    Commented Dec 22, 2021 at 12:40
  • Why do you "need" a phrasal verb? You could say your friends threw you out or shut you out, or you could use a longer idiom, such as they sent you to Coventry. But I don't really understand your context. How come your boy has friends, if nobody likes him? Commented Dec 22, 2021 at 12:45

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To "cut [someone] off" could be understood as refusing to have any further contact with them. (It has other unrelated meanings too.)

To "cut [someone] out" could be understood as excluding them from a social group, by not inviting them to future group events. (It also has other unrelated meanings.)

Either of these phrases might be used in the context of terminating a friendship, so based on the information you've provided here, it's difficult or impossible to know what you're remembering.

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