cutting room


: a room where film or videotape is edited
often used attributively in cutting-room floor to describe something removed or discarded in or as if in editing a film

Examples of cutting room in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At the tail end of last year, both were left on the cutting room floor. Kelsey Butler, Anchorage Daily News, 26 Dec. 2022 This is especially evident in the film's final scene, which would have been better on the cutting room floor. Kimi Robinson, The Arizona Republic, 19 Jan. 2023 But other pieces of legislation were left on the cutting room floor. Lisa Hagen, Hartford Courant, 24 Dec. 2022 Cannabis banking legislation was also left on the cutting room floor. Alexandra Hutzler, ABC News, 20 Dec. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1918, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cutting room was in 1918

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Cite this Entry

“Cutting room.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

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