To cut a caper

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To cut a caper See under Caper.
    • To cut a caper to frolic; to make a sportive spring; to play a prank.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • To cut a caper to dance or act fantastically
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
See Capriole.

Usage

In literature:

Flimnap, the treasurer, is allowed to cut a caper on the straight rope, at least an inch higher than any other lord in the whole empire.
"Gulliver's Travels" by Jonathan Swift
And now the pair of men were giving and taking cuts to make a rhinoceros caper.
"One of Our Conquerors, Complete" by George Meredith
Come on; be a sport, cut a caper, crack a wheeze, do something to get a giggle!
"Alias The Lone Wolf" by Louis Joseph Vance
He joined in the laugh, and cut a caper or two to show that he entered into the spirit of the joke.
"The World of Ice" by Robert Michael Ballantyne
A Varick would never have thought to cut such a caper, I tell you.
"The Maid-At-Arms" by Robert W. Chambers
Lord, do you think I'm down here to cut capers when I've enough hard work ahead to drive a dozen men crazy for a year?
"The Firing Line" by Robert W. Chambers
Alphonse climbed up a break in the bank, and so got to the top of it, a little to one side of where the shoe was cutting its merry capers.
"The Girl's Own Paper, Vol. VIII. No. 358, November 6, 1886." by Various
They came on the heels of the axemen, and all capered on their snow-shoes to see so long a space free from cutting.
"Old Man Savarin and Other Stories" by Edward William Thomson
It was like a cherished friend who had begun to cut undignified capers.
"Tiverton Tales" by Alice Brown
He joined in the laugh, and cut a caper or two to show that he entered into the spirit of the joke.
"The World of Ice" by R.M. Ballantyne
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In poetry:

They splashed and cut all sorts of capers
Not taking much notice of tide
Till the King, who were getting a thirst on
Commenced out of water to stride
"King John" by Stanley Holloway
She reads the picture papers
Where Royalties cut capers,
And often says to me:
'How wealthy they must be,
That nearly every day
A new robe they can pay.'
"Jane" by Robert W Service
"For me no baptism of air;
It's in my bed I mean to die.
Behold yon crazy fool up there,
A-cutting capers in the sky.
His motor makes a devilish din . . .
Look! Look! He's gone into a spin.
"Tea On The Lawn" by Robert W Service