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  • v. Present participle of cut out.

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

  • n. surgical removal of a body part or tissue


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  • Developers had begun the conversion: fencing off the entire structure, leaving the central section open as the atrium, adding rough mezzanines on the upper floors, adding an expensive skylight, knocking down some walls, cutting out some windows.


  • We can never thank her sufficiently for cutting out endless pages of songs and recitative by the melancholious old Hermit who, in the original version, was to commence the opera, and wander in and out of it incessantly.

    The Love Affairs of Great Musicians

  • With Arne he climbed into an ancient, wheezing model-T utility truck and headed for where the gang was cutting out by Goondi.

    The Thorn Birds

  • He is as much at home on the top of a bloodwood tree, hanging round a swaying limb while cutting out a “bee nest,” as in a frail bark canoe among the sharks on the skirts of a shoal of bonito.

    The Confessions of a Beachcomber

  • While be exerted himself thus, keeping out all supplies, intercepting despatches, attacking their outposts and forts, and cutting out vessels from the bay, -- a species of warfare which depresses the spirit of an enemy even more than it injures them, because of the sense of individual superiority which it indicates in the assailants -- troops were landed, and St. Fiorenzo was besieged.

    The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson

  • Musicals had gone big-budget around then, which meant buying up Broadway shows and casting box-office properties like Audrey Hepburn and Richard Harris in them who couldn't sing or dance, and then cutting out all the musical numbers to conceal the fact.

    Futures Imperfect

  • When the tomahawk in the process of cutting out damaged a grub, Mickie with a leer of satisfaction would eat the wriggling insect with a feigned apology — “Me bin cut that fella.”

    The Confessions of a Beachcomber

  • 'On one and the same day,' says Dr. Meryon, 'I have known her to dictate papers that concerned the political welfare of a pashalik, and descend to trivial details about the composition of a house-paint, the making of butter, drenching a sick horse, choosing lambs, or cutting out a maid's apron.

    Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century

  • Iza had made them by cutting out roughly circular pieces of aurochs hide, cured with the soft underlayer of hair left on and rubbed with extra fat for waterproofing.

    The Clan of the Cave Bear

  • Instead of cutting out clothes as you would for traditional paper dolls, in papes, you cut out already dressed models.

    Playing Together


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  • "The capturing of a ship or ships in port usually by a surprise attack attempted in ships' boats at night." According to A Sea of Words (166). Often used with "expedition," as in "a cutting out expedition."

    "'It is my intention to stand into Callao, wind and weather permitting, fairly late in the evening ... and then endeavour to cut her out.'"
    --Patrick O'Brian, Blue at the Mizzen, 237

    March 28, 2008