bias cut

transitive verb
variants: or bias-cut

Definition of bias cut

bias cut or bias-cut; bias cutting or bias-cutting; bias cuts or bias-cuts
:to cut (something) diagonally :to cut (something) on a bias
  • An attractive serving style is to bias-cut each chicken breast half into ¹/₄-inch slices.
  • —Barbara MundallBetter Homes and GardensOctober 2000
  • Lucilla purchased more fabric and experimented until she got the knack of bias-cutting … printed silk.
  • —Bruce BoyerTown & CountryJune 1990
  • The stripes shall be sewed on the sleeve 1¹/₂ inches above the point of the cuff at an angle of 30 degrees with the bottom of the sleeve and the ends shall be bias cut to show a vertical edge.
  • —United States Marine CorpsUniform Regulations
  • Slashes should always be bias cut and should never be cut along the grain line; the latter will cause fraying.
  • —Michele Morrow HarerBig Book of Quilting2005

bias-cut

adjective
    • Carve the joint in long thin bias-cut fillets, then turn it over and carve from the undercut.
    • —Elizabeth DavidFrench Provincial Cooking1999
    • bias-cut slices of hot sausage …
    • —James HynesKings of Infinite Space2005
    • The people are like long, tapering candles, a swarm of tuxedos and bias-cut silks.
    • —Jane MendelsohnI was Amelia Earhart1996
    • … one of those unforgiving bias-cut dresses …
    • —Charla KruppTime19 Mar. 2001

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First Known Use of bias cut

1898


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