cut off

verb
1. make a break in (Freq. 8)
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We interrupt the program for the following messages

Syn: ↑interrupt, ↑disrupt, ↑break up
Derivationally related forms: ↑disruption (for: ↑disrupt), ↑interruption (for: ↑interrupt), ↑interrupter (for: ↑interrupt)
Hypernyms: ↑break, ↑break off, ↑discontinue, ↑stop
Hyponyms:
cut, ↑punctuate, ↑break, ↑put away, ↑put aside, ↑pause, ↑intermit, ↑chime in, ↑cut in, ↑put in, ↑butt in, ↑chisel in, ↑barge in, ↑break in, ↑burst in on, ↑burst upon, ↑heckle, ↑interject, ↑come in, ↑interpose, ↑throw in, ↑inject, ↑jam, ↑block, ↑stop, ↑stop over, ↑take off, ↑take time off
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s

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Somebody ——s something

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Somebody ——s somebody

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Something ——s somebody

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Something ——s something

2. cease, stop (Freq. 6)
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cut the noise

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We had to cut short the conversation

Syn: ↑cut
See Also: ↑cut off (for: ↑cut)
Hypernyms: ↑interrupt, ↑disrupt, ↑break up
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Something ——s something

3. remove by or as if by cutting (Freq. 2)
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cut off the ear

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lop off the dead branch

Syn: ↑chop off, ↑lop off
Hypernyms: ↑detach, ↑come off, ↑come away
Hyponyms: ↑abscise, ↑roach
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Somebody ——s something PP

4. cut off and stop
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The bicyclist was cut out by the van

Syn: ↑cut out
Hypernyms: ↑intercept, ↑stop
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Somebody ——s somebody

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Something ——s somebody

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Something ——s something

5. break a small piece off from
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chip the glass

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chip a tooth

Syn: ↑chip, ↑knap, ↑break off
See Also: ↑chip at (for: ↑chip)
Derivationally related forms: ↑chip (for: ↑chip), ↑chipping (for: ↑chip)
Hypernyms: ↑cut
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Something ——s something

6. remove surgically
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amputate limbs

Syn: ↑amputate
Derivationally related forms: ↑amputation (for: ↑amputate), ↑amputator (for: ↑amputate)
Topics: ↑medicine, ↑practice of medicine
Hypernyms: ↑remove, ↑take, ↑take away, ↑withdraw
Hyponyms: ↑slough off
Entailment: ↑cut
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Did he cut off his foot?

adjective
detached by cutting (Freq. 1)
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cut flowers

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a severed head

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an old tale of Anne Bolyn walking the castle walls with her poor cut-off head under her arm

Syn: ↑severed
Similar to: ↑cut

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cut off [phrasal verb]
1 of a machine : to stop working suddenly : to turn off

The engine suddenly cut off. [=cut out]

The air-conditioning cut off, and the room was silent.

2 cut (something) off or cut off (something)
2 a : to remove (something) by cutting

Cut off dead flowers to promote new growth.

I had very long hair, but I cut most of it off in college.

He decided to cut off his beard.

He was running around like a chicken with its head cut off. [=he was acting in a very excited and confused way]

2 b : to stop or end (something)

They had a vote to cut off debate on the budget.

The organization cut off its ties with the country's government.

His family cut off all communication/contact with him after the incident.

2 c : to stop people from seeing or using (something) : to block (something)

Their fence cuts off our view of the ocean.

Many of the town's roads were cut off when the river overflowed.

The army cut off all escape routes.

2 d : to stop the movement or supply of (something)

The power was cut off to our apartment building.

The earthquake cut off our water supply.

They've decided to cut off funding/aid to the group.

His main source of income had been cut off.

3 cut (someone or something) off or cut off (someone or something) : to cause (someone or something) to be separate or alone
— often + from

an island nation geographically cut off from the rest of the world

They are cut off from (contact with) the outside world.

She cut herself off from her family.

He's emotionally cut off from his wife.

4 cut (someone) off or cut off (someone)
4 a : to stop (someone) from talking

I was in the middle of telling a story when she cut me off [=she interrupted me] to ask about dinner.

He spoke for 12 minutes until his teacher finally cut him off.

◇ If you get cut off when you are using the telephone, the telephone connection suddenly ends and you can no longer hear the other person.

I called him, but we got cut off [=we got disconnected; the telephone connection ended] two minutes into our conversation.

4 b US : to drive in front of (someone in another vehicle) in a sudden and dangerous way

He shouted at a driver who cut him off.

Hey, that guy/car just cut me off!

4 c : to move ahead and force (someone) to stop

“Sheriff, they're getting away!” “Don't worry, we'll take a shortcut and cut them off.”

4 d : to decide not to give money or property to (someone) after your death

In her will, she cut off her son without a cent/penny.

She cut him off completely.

4 e : to refuse to allow (someone) to drink more alcohol

He's had too much to drink. We'd better cut him off.

— see also cut 1d 6 (above), 1, cutoff
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Main Entry:cut

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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