cut off


  • Cut-off-Saw
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj cut off 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"
    • v cut off cease, stop "cut the noise","We had to cut short the conversation"
    • v cut off make a break in "We interrupt the program for the following messages"
    • v cut off remove surgically "amputate limbs"
    • v cut off break a small piece off from "chip the glass","chip a tooth"
    • v cut off remove by or as if by cutting "cut off the ear","lop off the dead branch"
    • v cut off cut off and stop "The bicyclist was cut out by the van"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Cut off from rations for three days Cut off from rations for three days
The Step-Sister Cuts off her Toe The Step-Sister Cuts off her Toe
Sickel's cut-off mechanism Sickel's cut-off mechanism
Corliss cut-off mechanism Corliss cut-off mechanism

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A chicken once had its head cut off and survived for over eighteen months, headless
    • Cut off to destroy, put to an untimely death: intercept: stop
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  • Nancy Mitford
    Nancy Mitford
    “An aristocracy in a republic is like a chicken whose head has been cut off: it may run about in a lively way, but in fact it is dead.”
  • Christian Slater
    Christian Slater
    “If I make a move, like raise my eyebrows, some critic says I'm doing Nicholson. What am I supposed to do, cut off my eyebrows?”
  • Clark Moustakas
    Clark Moustakas
    “When we are not honest, we are cut off from a significant resource of ourselves, a vital dimension that is necessary for unity and wholeness.”
  • Henry Miller
    “It isn't the oceans which cut us off from the world -- it's the American way of looking at things.”
  • E. M. Cioran
    E. M. Cioran
    “Great persecutors are recruited among martyrs whose heads haven't been cut off.”


A slice off a cut loaf is never missed - Used colloquially to describe having sexual intercourse with someone who is not a virgin, especially when they are in a relationship. The analogy refers to a loaf of bread; it is not readily apparent, once the end has been removed, exactly how many slices have been taken.('You never miss a slice from a cut loaf' is also used.)
Cut off your nose to spite your face - If you cut off your nose to spite your face, you do something rash or silly that ends up making things worse for you, often because you are angry or upset.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. W. cwtau, shorten.


In literature:

Constructions on unique lines, "portions cut off by an insurmountable barrier from the domain of scientific inquiry," it dare not recognize.
"Natural Law in the Spiritual World" by Henry Drummond
I've a good mind to cut off his horse's tail for a plume; the root of the tail would just stick upon that spike.
"Crown and Sceptre" by George Manville Fenn
I have cut off the branches and kept it going, but this year I shall cut it down.
"Northern Nut Growers Association, Report of the Proceedings at the Third Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
The keys can be secured from the waste that will be cut off from the other parts.
"Mission Furniture" by H. H. Windsor
One is to cut off a cat's hindleg.
"Greener Than You Think" by Ward Moore
To make the box, take a loaf of bread, cut off the crust and leave the sides as smooth as possible.
"365 Luncheon Dishes" by Anonymous
Cut off the fat close to the edge of a slice of ham one-half inch thick.
"The Community Cook Book" by Anonymous
Ten and its supports would be cut off from reinforcements and from escape.
"From Fort Henry to Corinth" by Manning Ferguson Force
These were cut off and burned.
"Northern Nut Growers Association, Report of the Proceedings at the Fourth Annual Meeting" by Various
It will not be agreeable to many who may be cut off.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden

In poetry:

O honest face, which all men knew!
O tender heart, but known to few!
O Wonder of the Age,
Cut off by tragic Rage!
"Abraham Lincoln: An Horatian Ode" by Richard Henry Stoddard
The endless dust-storm of troubles
cuts off news and letters;
the frontier passes are perilous,
travel nearly impossible.
"Passing The Night At Headquarters" by Du Fu
I then resolved to starve the place
By cutting off all kisses,
Praising and gazing on her face,
And all such little blisses.
"The Siege" by John Suckling
"I cut off the tail of my Ulster furred
To make young Kris a coat of state.
That very night the storm occurred!
Thus we became the sport of Fate.
"The Hard Times In Elfland [A Story of Christmas Eve]" by Sidney Lanier
These two physicians did agree
To open him, that they might see
What cut him off so suddenly,
To fulfil law;
Then poison, a great quantity,
They quickly saw.
"The Death Of Thomas Stoddart" by Susannah Hawkins
"Gooid bye!" he sed, an off he shot,
Leavin behind him sich a lot
O' smook, as blue as it wor hot!
It set me stewin!
Soa hooam aw cut, an' gate a pot
Ov us own brewin.
"A Strange Stooary" by John Hartley

In news:

8-year-old Alabama girl tells Romney to 'find something else to cut off '.
"You find something else to cut off ," Crawford wrote.
Birch vows to cut off troop supplies in opposition to Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation.
25th Suspect to Cut off Electronic Monitor.
A woman, who is diagnosed with cancer, planned to cut off 20 inches of her hair for a great cause, but she wasn't able to, due to medical issues.
Hearing set for wife accused of trying to cut off hubby's penis.
Senator threatens to cut off all Pakistani aid unless doctor is released to US.
U.S President Barack Obama is threatening to cut off foreign aid to Nigeria if a recent anti-gay bill is passed, but Nigerians are unwavering.
A 67-year-old woman in Palm Springs, Calif tried to cut off her husband's penis with a pair of large scissors this weekend.
A bipartisan group of US Representatives introduced a bill Wednesday that would allow individual companies to cut off funding to Web sites suspected of piracy, even those outside the United States.
The Easiest Way to Cut off Corn Kernels.
Provo firefighter's smart smoke detector invention aims to cut off stove, curb kitchen fires.
Conservatives deny they seek to cut off food stamps for striking workers' families.
FERGUS FALLS (AP) — A man calling himself a "soul collector" and a "medicine man" is accused of trying to cut off his neighbor's toes and scalp him in Fergus Falls.
Venezuela's Chvez threatens to cut off oil to US if Colombia attacks.

In science:

We should note that this expression is approximate one and following to Heisenberg idea it allows us to cut off the abovementioned infinite equation set for Green’s function.
A String Approximation for Cooper Pair in High-T$_{\bf c}$ superconductivity
The distribution is constant for small fields and has an almost exponential cut-off.
Energy landscapes in random systems, driven interfaces and wetting
In particular, one expects that the ω → 0 divergence of S zz would be cut-off below this frequency scale.
Dynamics and transport in random quantum systems governed by strong-randomness fixed points
The field theory would then be cut off correspondingly by the Pauli-Villars mass M .
Hopping between Random Locations: Spectrum and Instanton
Also, in open boundary cases, like the three examples except the parallel plates, it is necessary to use a certain cut-off in the old modified WOS to kill random walkers, which will bias the results.
An Efficient Modified "Walk On Spheres" Algorithm for the Linearized Poisson-Boltzmann Equation