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Definition of 'cut off'


  1. make a break in; "We interrupt the program for the following messages"
       Synonyms: interrupt disrupt break up
  2. cease, stop; "cut the noise"; "We had to cut short the conversation"
       Synonyms: cut
  3. remove by or as if by cutting; "cut off the ear"; "lop off the dead branch"
       Synonyms: chop off lop off
  4. cut off and stop; "The bicyclist was cut out by the van"
       Synonyms: cut out
  5. break a small piece off from; "chip the glass"; "chip a tooth"
       Synonyms: chip knap break off
  6. remove surgically; "amputate limbs"
       Synonyms: amputate


  1. detached by cutting; "cut flowers"; "a severed head"; "an old tale of Anne Bolyn walking the castle walls with her poor cut-off head under her arm"
       Synonyms: severed

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