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[kuht-n-kuhv-er] /ˈkʌt nˈkʌv ər/
a method for digging a tunnel, laying pipe, etc., by cutting a trench, constructing the tunnel or laying the pipe in it, and covering with the excavated material.
Origin of cut-and-cover
1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Most cut-and-cover tunnels are built at shallow depths.
  • cut-and-cover construction will be necessary in combination with the three tunnel options listed above.
  • The three pipes would be installed beneath the riverbed using a conventional marine cut-and-cover method.
  • Probe extensometers are generally drilled to a depth below any potential zone of influence near a cut-and-cover or mined tunnel.
  • The tunnel portals will be constructed using cut-and-cover methods.
British Dictionary definitions for cut-and-cover


designating a method of constructing a tunnel by excavating a cutting to the required depth and then backfilling the excavation over the tunnel roof
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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