cutout

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noun

cut·​out ˈkət-ˌau̇t How to pronounce cutout (audio)
1
: something cut out or off from something else
also : the space or hole left after cutting
2
: one that cuts out
3
: an intermediary in a clandestine operation
4
: a record album no longer in production that is sold at a discount
cutout adjective

cut out

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verb

cut out; cutting out; cuts out

transitive verb

1
: to form by erosion
2
: to determine or assign through necessity
you've got your work cut out for you
3
: to take the place of : supplant
4
: to put an end to : desist from
cut out wasteful spending
5
: deprive, defraud
cut him out of his share
6
a
: to remove from a series or circuit : disconnect
cut out a car from a train
b
: to make inoperative

intransitive verb

1
: to depart in haste
2
: to cease operating
3
: to swerve out of a traffic line

cut out

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adjective

: naturally fitted or suited
not cut out to be a vet

Examples of cutout in a Sentence

Noun a cardboard cutout of a famous actor Verb the engine abruptly cut out now cut that out, or I'm turning this car around!
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
But in October 2023, the Journal revealed that Near had once provided data to the US military via a maze of obscure marketing companies, cutouts, and conduits to defense contractors. Dhruv Mehrotra, WIRED, 28 Mar. 2024 Additional details like a finished edge, custom cutouts for a sink, and waterproofing can incur extra fees, though sealing is a job many homeowners do on their own. Katherine Owen, Southern Living, 27 Mar. 2024 Bacon asked as the Utah crowd — filled with teens dressed in bacon costumes and waving huge cutouts of his head — cheered in excitement. EW.com, 22 Mar. 2024 For several months, a cardboard cutout of the civil rights figure rested against the artist’s studio wall; in it, Johnson holds a protest sign in one hand and a cigarette in the other. Zachary Small, New York Times, 22 Mar. 2024 The room was so thronged with bodies in cutout dresses that Abedin soon lost track of her friend. Mattie Kahn, Vogue, 18 Mar. 2024 Over in the student section, Parker Hill flashed a cardboard cutout of Justice’s face. John Raby, Quartz, 12 Mar. 2024 There's No Ken Without Barbie At one point during the number, the Best Supporting Actor nominee was hoisted up over cutouts of a Barbie doll's face. Zoey Lyttle, Peoplemag, 11 Mar. 2024 Circus animal cutouts, including a pink elephant, hang on the walls. Jacqueline Pinedo, Sacramento Bee, 29 Feb. 2024
Verb
Katie Hobbs says regents, UA leadership have their work cut out for them Hannah Dreyfus is an investigative reporter for The Arizona Republic. Hannah Dreyfus, The Arizona Republic, 27 Mar. 2024 Now, Mollenkopf has his work cut out for him: quickly recruiting a new CEO capable of fixing the company, mollifying shareholders who may become frustrated by Calhoun’s lame duck period, and bringing the board along with him without reproducing the result of the last search. Joe Moglia, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2024 Some recipes call for a mix of buttermilk and egg for the middle step, but using the same milk as for the gravy cuts out an extraneous ingredient. Aaron Hutcherson, Washington Post, 19 Mar. 2024 While in Shanghai the system appeared to cut out for no obvious reason only once or twice, this happened far more frequently in Guangzhou. Mark Andrews, WIRED, 13 Mar. 2024 Thus far, Villeneuve has been exceedingly faithful to his source material (his approach to Dune’s adaption was about finding character and story essentials and cutting out the rest, rather than making significant changes). James Hibberd, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Mar. 2024 In another, when Gen. Clark talks about Mr. Soros’ work in Ukraine instead of Hungary, the video cuts out and resumes with the investor prodding him to talk about Americans giving money to support the Hungarian opposition. Andrew Higgins, New York Times, 7 Mar. 2024 Tasked by then-PGA Tour commissioner Deane Beman with turning flat, wooded North Florida swampland into a unique, spectator-friendly course worthy of the circuit’s premier tournament, course architect Pete Dye had his work cut out when construction began in 1978. Jack Bantock, CNN, 13 Mar. 2024 The coaching staff also has its work cut out for it over the last 20 games. Curtis Pashelka, The Mercury News, 8 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1851, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Adjective

1645, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cutout was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Cutout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cutout. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

cutout

1 of 3 noun
cut·​out ˈkət-ˌau̇t How to pronounce cutout (audio)
: something cut out or off from something else
cutout adjective

cut out

2 of 3 verb
1
: to assign through necessity
you've got your work cut out for you
2
: to put an end to
now cut that out
3
: to come to a stop
the engines cut out

cut out

3 of 3 adjective
: naturally suited
not cut out for teaching
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