cut off

1) PHRASAL VERB If you cut something off, you remove it with a knife or a similar tool.

[V P n (not pron)] Mrs Kreutz cut off a generous piece of the meat...

[V n P n (not pron)] He cut me off a slice...

[V n P] He threatened to cut my hair off.

2) PHRASAL VERB To cut someone or something off means to separate them from things that they are normally connected with.

[V P n (not pron) from n] One of the goals of the campaign is to cut off the elite Republican Guard from its supplies...

[V P n (not pron) from n] The exiles had been cut off from all contact with their homeland...

[V n P] The storm has cut us off.

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cut off ADJ-GRADED

Without a car we still felt very cut off.

3) PHRASAL VERB To cut off a supply of something means to stop providing it or stop it being provided.

[V P n (not pron)] The rebels have cut off electricity from the capital...

[V P n (not pron)] His company is preparing to shut down in the event that their water supply is cut off...

[V P n (not pron)] Our phone's been cut off...

[V n P] Why cut the money off?

4) PHRASAL VERB If you get cut off when you are on the telephone, the line is suddenly disconnected and you can no longer speak to the other person.

[get/be V-ed P] When you do get through, you've got to say your piece quickly before you get cut off...

[V n P] I'm going to cut you off now because we've got lots of callers waiting. [Also V P n (not pron)]

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5) PHRASAL VERB If you cut someone off when they are speaking, you interrupt them and stop them from speaking.

[V n P] `But, sir, I'm under orders to - ' Clark cut him off. `Don't argue with me.' [Also V P n (not pron)]

6) See also cut-off
to cut off your nose to spite your facesee spite

English dictionary. 2008.

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  • cut off — {v.} 1. To separate or block. * /The flood cut the townspeople off from the rest of the world./ * /The woods cut off the view./ * /His rudeness cuts him off from friends he might have./ 2. To interrupt or stop. * /The television show was cut off… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • cut off — {v.} 1. To separate or block. * /The flood cut the townspeople off from the rest of the world./ * /The woods cut off the view./ * /His rudeness cuts him off from friends he might have./ 2. To interrupt or stop. * /The television show was cut off… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • cut-off — cut|off [ˈkʌtɔf US o:f] n 1.) [C usually singular] a limit or level at which you stop doing something →↑deadline cut off date/point/score etc (=the date etc when you stop doing something) ▪ The cut off date for registration is July 2. 2.) [C… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • cut-off — cut offs also cutoff 1) N COUNT: usu sing, oft N n A cut off or a cut off point is the level or limit at which you decide that something should stop happening. The cut off point depends on age and length of employment... The cut off date for… …   English dictionary

  • cut-off — cutˈ off noun 1. That which cuts off or shortens, eg a straighter road, a shorter channel cut across a bend of a river 2. A bend thus cut off 3. A device for shutting off steam, water, light, electricity, supply of cartridges in a magazine rifle …   Useful english dictionary

  • cut|off — «KUHT F, OF», noun, adjective. –n. 1. a short way across or through; short cut: »We ll save time if we take the cutoff across the park. 2. a) a new and shorter passage cut by a river through a bend. b) the water in the old channel, thus cut off.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Cut-off — (k[u^]t [o^]f ; 115), n. 1. That which cuts off or shortens, as a nearer passage or road. [1913 Webster] 2. (Mach.) (a) The valve gearing or mechanism by which steam is cut off from entering the cylinder of a steam engine after a definite point… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cut off — steht für: einen Ort in Louisiana, siehe Cut Off (Louisiana) einen Begriff der Analytischen Diagnostik, siehe Cutoff Annahmeschluss, z. B. in der Logistik, im Bankwesen eine späte Position beim Pokern, siehe Position (Poker) ein Phänomen in… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Cut Off — Cut Off, LA U.S. Census Designated Place in Louisiana Population (2000): 5635 Housing Units (2000): 2136 Land area (2000): 14.763316 sq. miles (38.236811 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.106888 sq. miles (0.276838 sq. km) Total area (2000): 14.870204 …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Cut Off, LA — U.S. Census Designated Place in Louisiana Population (2000): 5635 Housing Units (2000): 2136 Land area (2000): 14.763316 sq. miles (38.236811 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.106888 sq. miles (0.276838 sq. km) Total area (2000): 14.870204 sq. miles… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • cut off — [v1] prevent; interrupt block, break in, bring to end, catch, close off, disconnect, discontinue, halt, insulate, intercept, intersect, intervene, intrude, isolate, obstruct, renounce, segregate, separate, sequester, suspend; concept 234 Ant.… …   New thesaurus


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