cut·​off | \ ˈkət-ˌȯf How to pronounce cutoff (audio) \

Definition of cutoff

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the act or action of cutting off
2a : the new and relatively short channel formed when a stream cuts through the neck of an oxbow
c : a channel made to straighten a stream
3 : a device for cutting off
4a : something cut off
b cutoffs plural : shorts originally made from jeans with the legs cut off at the knees or higher
5 : the point, date, or period for a cutoff

cut off

cut off; cutting off; cuts off

Definition of cut off (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to bring to an untimely end
2 : to stop the passage of cut off communications
3 : shut off, bar the river cut off their retreat
4 : discontinue, terminate cut off a subscription
5 : separate, isolate cut herself off from her family
6 : disinherit threatened to cut him off without a penny
7a : to stop the operation of : turn off cut off the engine
b : to stop or interrupt while in communication the operator cut me off

intransitive verb

: to cease operating

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cutoff adjective

Examples of cutoff in a Sentence

Noun a cutoff of the water supply The cutoff for new applications is next Wednesday. Verb the majority party cut off debate and forced a vote on the bill the dog cut off the one sheep that had to be sheared
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Even the American Statistical Association, which had never issued any formal statement on specific statistical practices, came down hard in 2016 on using any kind of p-value cutoff in this way. Washington Post, "Sorry, wrong number: Statistical benchmark comes under fire," 12 Nov. 2019 About 440 older workers and retirees who met an age cutoff saw their checks cut by 30 percent., "When a pension plan fails, it hurts us all - The Boston Globe," 20 Oct. 2019 In yeast, for example, that cutoff limited the list of ORFs to about 6000. Mitch Leslie, Science | AAAS, "New universe of miniproteins is upending cell biology and genetics," 17 Oct. 2019 Yet the danger of possible power cutoffs could affect how good the wines are. Elin Mccoy,, "Despite extreme weather, 2019 is a ‘perfect storm’ vintage for wine," 14 Oct. 2019 That cutoff has a lot of importance, as there is a very thin line between walking off with something or nothing. Kabir Khanna And Anthony Salvanto, CBS News, "CBS News Battleground Tracker: How the delegate estimates work," 13 Oct. 2019 In Berlin, for example, legislators have arbitrarily chosen 2013 as the cutoff construction year. Bloomberg Opinion, Twin Cities, "Other voices: Rent controls are not the answer," 10 Oct. 2019 In Sudan, new unpublished research shows social media restrictions didn’t hinder peaceful protests, with some of the largest spurts in individual demonstrations happening during cutoffs in December and January. Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz Africa, "The miscalculations African governments keep making with social media and internet blocks," 3 Oct. 2019 At the end of the game, while most of the players were still in full pads, Lukas was sitting on the field in a cutoff T-shirt and a medical boot. Greg Luca,, "After troubled past, Incarnate Word’s Termin finds faith, maturity through marriage," 25 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Amnesty International recently reported that Iranian authorities cut off the hand of a man in prison accused of stealing. Fox News, "How Iran imposes strict adherence to Islamic law with severe, inhuman punishment," 2 Nov. 2019 When the data confirmed that recipients’ income fell below the cut off, the systems could automatically renew their coverage without paperwork hassles. Lexi Churchill, ProPublica, "The Trump Administration Cracked Down on Medicaid. Kids Lost Insurance.," 31 Oct. 2019 Southern California Edison warned that crews may cut off power for an additional 300,000 customers — mainly in Los Angeles, Ventura, and San Bernardino counties — if conditions worsen this week. Kristin Lam, USA TODAY, "'It takes one ember ... to start another brush fire': Extreme winds put California fire officials on high alert," 30 Oct. 2019 On Tuesday, detectives learned Rosales had cut off his monitor. Ben Kesslen, NBC News, "Oregon man accused of 18 child sex crimes on the loose after cutting off ankle monitor," 23 Oct. 2019 Between 0035 hours and 0100 hours on this date a black male, tall, heavy set, wearing a black shirt and gray shorts, cut off four catalytic converters off of two box trucks in the parking lot. Houston Chronicle, "Bellaire Police Department weekly report," 21 Oct. 2019 Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky revealed Wednesday that Miller cut off his left shoulder harness after the drop. Colleen Kane,, "Anthony Miller cut off his shoulder harness after dropping a pass in London. Then he made a highlight-reel catch.," 17 Oct. 2019 Theft from auto: Clinton Road On Oct. 6, a resident called police after discovering that someone had cut off his 1989 Ford truck’s catalytic converter while it was parked on Clinton Road. John Benson, cleveland, "Cleveland man caught stealing dinner -- corn, ribs and steak: Brooklyn Police Blotter," 16 Oct. 2019 One character has her hands cut off and her tongue removed before she is killed. David Lyman,, "There will be blood – and lots of it – for 'Shakespeare’s bloodiest play'," 11 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of cutoff


1741, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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16 Nov 2019

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“Cutoff.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 November 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of cutoff

: the act of stopping the movement or supply of something
: the time when something must be done or completed
: short pants that are made from long pants by cutting off the legs at the knees or higher

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