cutting off


  • Cut-off-Saw
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n cutting off the act of shortening something by chopping off the ends "the barber gave him a good cut"
    • n cutting off the act of cutting something off
    • ***

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


  • 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.


In literature:

We pulled dead grass and cut off spruce and pine tips, and spread a blanket on it all.
"Pluck on the Long Trail" by Edwin L. Sabin
Then he began with his sword to cut off its heads.
"Myths and Legends of All Nations" by Various
Formed by cutting off a cone at any angle.
"Carpentry for Boys" by J. S. Zerbe
If you should injure the roots, the water supply to the leaves would be cut off and the leaves would immediately wither.
"Agriculture for Beginners" by Charles William Burkett
In dem days you better not be caught with a newspaper, else you got a beating and your back almost cut off.
"Slave Narratives, Oklahoma" by Various
The cut-off is kept turned "off" except when cartridges are actually used.
"Infantry Drill Regulations, United States Army, 1911" by United States War Department
Yet stay, was not such a thing in itself a torment, to be cut off your martyrdom?
"Little Novels of Italy" by Maurice Henry Hewlett
Cut off lil toe, Massa Capen; cut off um foot.
"Mass' George" by George Manville Fenn
We killed another, and cut off its head to observe its poisonous fangs.
"On the Banks of the Amazon" by W.H.G. Kingston
Next morning we set to work to cut off the leaves and leaf-stalks, and we then took off a strip of bark from the upper part of the trunk.
"In the Eastern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston

In poetry:

WHEN Cyrus, call'd the younger, fought
Against his king and brother,
What eunuch who'd cut off the head
And right hand of that warrior dead,
Was flayed alive by orders brought
From that young prince's mother ?
"Enigma XV." by Elizabeth Hitchener
Unaltered, 't is true, is the hall we call "Funnel,"
Still fights the "Old South" in the battle for life,
But we've opened our door to the West through the tunnel,
And we've cut off Fort Hill with our Amazon knife.
"In Response" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Cried Walker, 'May my mother's son for ever be accursed
If now I fail to take him, but I'll stop his gallop first.'
His pistol flashed, the stockhorse fell; cut off from all retreat
At bay the reckless outlaw stood, defiant in defeat.
"A Day's Ride" by Anonymous Oceania
If you are a man, and believe in the destiny of mankind
then say to yourself: we will cease to care
about property and money and mechanical devices,
and open our consciousness to the deep, mysterious life
that we are now cut off from.
"If You are a Man" by D H Lawrence
"'E's lost me every chanst I've 'ad o' getting' on in life:
If it 'adn't been for 'im I'd 'ave a public an' a wife:
I've run my ship along of 'im an' wished I 'adn't after:
Cut off my nose to spite my face an' what could you 'ave dafter?"
"Bill's Enemy" by Cicely Fox Smith
Exhibiting a wickedness which I never heard or read of;
What do you think them Prodestants wished? to cut the good Pope's
head off!
And to the kind POPE'S Air-dresser the Prodestant Clark did go,
And proposed him to decapitate the innocent PIO.
"A Woeful New Ballad Of The Protestant Conspiracy To Take The Pope’s Life" by William Makepeace Thackeray

In news:

Man's privates cut off, put through garbage disposal.
The medical staff went to work on him immediately, cutting off clothes, inserting IV lines, starting fluids and hooking up monitors.
BlackBerry users experienced technical glitches with their smartphones for a second day after an unexplained problem cut off Internet and messaging services in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America.
Polly cut off her hair in front of the mirror, feeling slightly guilty about not feeling very guilty about doing so.
Crew enters dangerous underwater stage of a salvage their leader rates as one of the 10 most challenging in history, cutting off tonnes of ever-shifting bow in heaving seas.
A trickle of rocks has cut off a Santa Cruz County community and until that mess is cleared, dozens of people are stuck in their homes.
Small to medium pumpkin Cut off top and de-seed.
Rosewood Realty, Inc. 501 Mary Esther Cut-Off, Ste.
Cut off a piece of interfacing a bit larger than the stone you want to rub .
Last GOP Senate candidate to be cut off by NRSC speaks on Akin affair.
RFK Jr cut off late wife's credit and stiffed lawyers: court papers.
You're really cut off from any support system.
Training the plant Once the plant has reached the desired height, about 2 1/2 feet for The Victory Garden's topiaries , decide where you want the ball to start and cut off the top of the plant between two new shoots.
While there is no cut-off level that will be toxic under all conditions, Cherney shares general guidelines.
"We face no other option now than cutting off water works from our electricity supplies," CEZ said.

In science:

Since the coupling constant, G, has a negative energy dimension, the Lagrangian (25) above is not renormalizable by power counting and it is usually interpreted as a theory with a finite cut-off, which we generically denote by Λ.
Pion Structure at High and Low Energies in Chiral Quark Models
The real problem derived from the high-energy suppression has to do with the fact that we want to preserve the symmetries of the Lagrangian, namely gauge and chiral symmetry, without removing the cut-off by taking the limit Λ → ∞, i.e. keeping the high energy suppression.
Pion Structure at High and Low Energies in Chiral Quark Models
In a cut-off theory most of the discussion is related to the regularization, and hence gets a bit technical.
Pion Structure at High and Low Energies in Chiral Quark Models
Euclidean O(4) cut-offs do not preserve this property.
Pion Structure at High and Low Energies in Chiral Quark Models
Firstly, it is clear that the finite cut-off corrections go in the wrong direction.
Pion Structure at High and Low Energies in Chiral Quark Models