: pieced together by excerpting and combining fragments from multiple sources
the book was a cut-and-paste job

Examples of cut-and-paste in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Private-equity firms have consolidated many small clinics into larger chains, where providers are often saddled with unrealistic billing quotas and cut-and-paste treatment plans. Jessica Winter, The New Yorker, 12 Feb. 2024 These are from a cut-and-paste list circulating on the internet. Letter Writers, Twin Cities, 4 Feb. 2024 In the show's innovative format, skits can start and end at any time, exploding into silliness or turning into a cut-and-paste cartoon. Danny Horn, EW.com, 24 Jan. 2024 Among other things, court records show, the lawyer ignored evidence supplied by Mr. Gamboa, filed a cut-and-paste habeas corpus petition that still bore the name of an earlier client and submitted a brief admitting that his client must lose. Adam Liptak, New York Times, 15 Jan. 2024 The machine has no delete buttons, no cut-and-paste. David Waldstein Desiree Rios, New York Times, 7 Dec. 2023 Others are kept down the block, at a space used for shipping and storage, and at a studio on Chrystie Street where Mr. Derian makes decoupage, a type of cut-and-paste art. Christopher Barnard, New York Times, 24 Nov. 2023 The Times-Picayune and other local news outlets had by then dropped the story, so no one was paying attention when the judges found that, aside from a dozen procedural mistakes, Peterson’s cut-and-paste denials had been correct. Anat Rubin, ProPublica, 4 Nov. 2023 For the Netflix film, the queen designed 51 costumes and made 81 decoupages — a type of cut-and-paste artwork — that were used as the basis for sets. Chantel Tattoli, New York Times, 10 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1864, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cut-and-paste was in 1864

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“Cut-and-paste.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cut-and-paste. Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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