cutting room


Definition of 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 As congressional coronavirus relief negotiations headed into a final December stretch, direct stimulus payments to the public looked to be on the cutting room floor. Zaid Jilani, Washington Examiner, "Man in the arena," 31 Dec. 2020 But many of their earliest songs from the late '60s were left on the cutting room floor – until now. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "'I've never stopped enjoying singing it': Elton John on 'Your Song' at 50, new rarities box set," 10 Nov. 2020 Prince turns and fires at a fleeing man before walking out of the granite-cutting room. James Whitlow,, "Trial of alleged Advanced Granite shooter Radee Prince begins in Harford County," 19 Oct. 2020 Most filmmakers would leave that tedious moment on the cutting room floor, but not director Garrett Bradley, who is making her first nonfiction feature. Mark Kennedy, Star Tribune, "Film Review: 'Time' a terrific look at the pull of loss," 5 Oct. 2020 Even with hours of footage left on the cutting room floor, there is still so much to unpack from Smith’s interview. Sarah Midkiff,, "Love Fraud Builds The Case Against An Accused Marriage Scammer — & The Finale Is Downright Chilling," 20 Sep. 2020 Naturally, a lot of good material hit the cutting room floor. Pat Brennan, The Enquirer, "Inside the creation of the FC Cincinnati documentary that shows you the club's biggest moments," 6 Sep. 2020 And Leguizamo is doing his part so that these stories aren't left on the cutting room floor. Rosy Cordero,, "John Leguizamo hopes Critical Thinking will help change the game for BIPOC talent in Hollywood," 3 Sep. 2020 But as The Desert Sun reports, a majority of the environmental agenda was left to die on the cutting room floor. Rebecca Plevin, USA TODAY, "In CA: The state and federal governments' new eviction policies, explained," 3 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of cutting room

1918, in the meaning defined above

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8 Jan 2021

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“Cutting room.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cutting room

: a room where movies or television shows are edited and put into their final form

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