"cut" in Amos only as hiphil with the sense "take away, cut off, destroy,
kill" (Am 1:5, 8;
2:3). Since in Amos each case
seems to refer to rulers, presumably "kill, or cause to die" is intended.
"Cut off" is a common euphemism for God executing a death sentence.
The same verb in the qal
is used elsewhere for the action of making a covenant.