cutoff

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noun cut·off \ˈkət-ˌȯf\

Definition of cutoff

  1. 1 :  the act or action of cutting off

  2. 2a :  the new and relatively short channel formed when a stream cuts through the neck of an oxbowb :  shortcut 1c :  a channel made to straighten a stream

  3. 3 :  a device for cutting off

  4. 4a :  something cut offb cutoffs plural :  shorts originally made from jeans with the legs cut off at the knees or higher

  5. 5 :  the point, date, or period for a cutoff

cutoff

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Examples of cutoff in a sentence

  1. a cutoff of the water supply

  2. The cutoff for new applications is next Wednesday.

1741

First Known Use of cutoff

1741


CUTOFF Defined for English Language Learners

cutoff

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noun cut·off \ˈkət-ˌȯf\

Definition of cutoff for English Language Learners

  • : the act of stopping the movement or supply of something

  • : the time when something must be done or completed

  • cutoffs : short pants that are made from long pants by cutting off the legs at the knees or higher



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