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clear-cut

or clear cut, clearcut (for defs 3–5)

[kleer-kuht for 1, 2; kleer-kuht for 3–5] /ˈklɪərˈkʌt for 1, 2; ˈklɪərˌkʌt for 3–5/
adjective
1.
formed with or having clearly defined outlines:
a face with clear-cut features.
2.
unambiguously clear; completely evident; definite:
His sale of secrets was a clear-cut example of treachery.
3.
of or relating to a section of forest where all trees have been cut down for harvesting.
noun
4.
a section of forest where all trees have been cut down for harvesting.
verb (used with object), clear-cut, clear-cutting.
5.
to fell all the trees in (a section of forest) for harvesting.
Origin of clear-cut
1850-1855
1850-55
Related forms
clear-cutness, noun
Synonyms
1. chiseled, crisp, precise, positive, definite.
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  • The ideas are clear-cut and concise; the melody and harmony distinctive and strikingly characteristic.

  • His clear-cut features, always handsome, were grand in sleep.

  • However this may be, at the two extremes there is a clear-cut difference between these two types of attention.

    How to Teach George Drayton Strayer and Naomi Norsworthy
  • He flung back his head, and there was defiance in every line of his clear-cut face.

    The Strolling Saint Raphael Sabatini
  • For another, there was no clear-cut distinction between the Capitalism that owned newspapers and the Capitalism that advertised.

    The Free Press Hilaire Belloc
British Dictionary definitions for clear-cut

clear-cut

adjective (clear cut when postpositive)
1.
definite; not vague: a clear-cut proposal
2.
clearly outlined
verb
3.
(transitive) another term for clear-fell
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