The passage is from IT by Stephen King.
They ran down Center Street. People turned to look at them. Ben’s
large stomach pogoed up and down. Beverly’s pony-tail bounced. Richie
let go of Ben and held his glasses against his forehead with his left
thumb so he wouldn’t lose them. … They cut up Court Street and
collapsed on a bench in front of the police station: at that moment it
seemed the only place in Derry where they might possibly be safe.
I want to ask the meaning of the bold-faced cut up.
The several dictionaries I looked up didn’t give any meanings to fit this context.
It seems like they (Beverly, Richie, and Ben) sharply turned their direction of fleeing to Court Street.
Am I right?
See https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/cut definition 6. Up is used rather than across because they ran up Court Street as a shortcut.