deep cut

noun

plural deep cuts
1
music : a song that is considerably less popular and well-known than other songs on the same album or by the same artist
From there, the band careened through highlights and the occasional deep cut from its catalog …Mikael Wood
But the rocker saw an opportunity to turn casual fans on to his deep cuts—so each disc intersperses hits with lesser-known album tracks in non-chronological order.David Browne
2
: something (such as an obscure reference to a book or movie) that is recognizable to devotees but not usually to others
One of the fun things about being a Marvel fan is the franchise's ability to constantly surprise its audience with comic book deep cuts, surprising castings, and twists that no one sees coming.Alexis Nedd
deep-cut adjective
a deep-cut reference/joke

Examples of deep cut in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And commissioners have previously turned down deep cuts to city and county programs. Bill Lukitsch, Kansas City Star, 8 July 2024 Public spending fell from around 41 percent of GDP to 35 percent, with deep cuts to social programs, infrastructure and international diplomacy. Joshua Keating, Vox, 2 July 2024 The Canton community has been at odds over who is responsible for the death of O'Keefe, who was found with two black eyes and deep cuts on the back of his head and right arm. Nick Maslow, Peoplemag, 1 July 2024 After three years of playing a static set built around his 2020 LP Rough and Rowdy Ways and select deep cuts from the past, Dylan presented a completely new show heavy on Fifties covers, and his original tunes from the past two decades. Andy Greene, Rolling Stone, 22 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for deep cut 

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Word History

First Known Use

1993, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of deep cut was in 1993

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“Deep cut.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deep%20cut. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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