cut-and-cover

[kuht-n-kuhv-er]
noun
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:
1830–40

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cut-and-cover
 
adj
designating a method of constructing a tunnel by excavating a cutting to the required depth and then backfilling the excavation over the tunnel roof

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Example sentences
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 tunnel portals will be constructed using cut-and-cover methods.
The three pipes would be installed beneath the riverbed using a conventional marine cut-and-cover method.
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