cut off (v.)
put to death, bring to an untimely end
3H6 III.ii.142[Richard alone, of his distance from the crown] I'll cut the causes off
H5 III.vi.104[King Henry to all, of thieves] We would have all such offenders so cut off
MM V.i.35.1[Angleo to Duke, of Isabella] She hath been a suitor to me for her brother, / Cut off by course of justice
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