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MySQL How to cut a string from a variable

i need to cut a string in unix but not from file ,, from variable, i searched on special line , and i need a specific data from this line , i get it on variable, how can i cut data that i need ??? merci
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Old 10-03-2011
somevariable="some-string here"

echo $somevariable |cut -d"-" -f1

output will be:

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