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  • v. Present participle of cut off.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of cutting something off
  • n. the act of shortening something by chopping off the ends


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  • “There are now but few upon the Island, and it hath been generally observed,” claimed the pamphlet with a terrible condescension, “that where the English come to setle, a Divine Hand makes way for them, by removing or cutting off the Indians, either by Wars one with the other, or by some raging mortal Disease.”

    Angel in the Whirlwind

  • But a nearby river miraculously rose, cutting off the soldiers and allowing Perdiccas and his brothers to escape to the hills of Pieria north of Mount Olympus.

    Alexander the Great

  • This might enable General Greene to hem me in among the great rivers and by cutting off our subsistence render our arms useless.

    Angel in the Whirlwind

  • Four days later cavalry commanded by British lieutenant colonel Banastre Tarleton surprised and routed the Americans at Moncks Corner, cutting off their only escape route and capturing fifty supply wagons and a hundred men.

    Angel in the Whirlwind

  • As if he could sense my tension, the driver hammered down on the wheel and the taxi shimmied across two lanes of speeding traffic before easing balletically and near-suicidally into the left lane, neatly cutting off an eighteen-wheeler.

    Miss Misery

  • They “betrayed” their fan base in 1996 by cutting off their hair, the speed-metal equivalent of Dylan going electric.

    Band on the Couch

  • In the meantime, Rice had a conference call with Ban, Li, Aso, and Lavrov, in which Ban told her that South Korea was cutting off humanitarian assistance to the North, an important first step, indicating that even the Roh Moo-Hyun administration understood that North Korea was way over the red lines this time.

    Surrender is not an Option

  • Congress was also sufficiently aroused that it passed the American Servicemembers Protection Act ASPA, cutting off several types of military assistance to countries that did not sign Article 98 agreements.

    Surrender is not an Option

  • And with merchants unable to make payments, the Bank of North America was forced to curtail any more loans, cutting off an important source of credit for Morris.

    Robert Morris

  • And cutting off elastic ribbed cuffs can slightly flare the sleeve to allow a more feminine wristbone and bracelet to shine through.

    The Style Checklist


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