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[kuht-uh-wey] /ˈkʌt əˌweɪ/
Also called cutaway coat. a man's formal daytime coat having the front portion of the skirt cut away from the waist so as to curve or slope to the tails at the back.
Movies, Television.
  1. a switch from one scene to another for showing simultaneous or related action, creating suspense, etc.
  2. Also called cutaway shot. a shot that abruptly introduces content, scenery, etc., away from the central action.
an illustration or scale model having the outer section removed to display the interior.
having a part cut away, as an outer section of something being illustrated so that the inside may be shown.
Origin of cutaway
1835-45; adj., noun use of verb phrase cut away Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for cutaway
Historical Examples
  • There was a cutaway, sporting look about his coat which indicated that he had grown to it from boyhood “in woodis grene.”

    The Gypsies Charles G. Leland
  • A cutaway harrow, run shallow, and a roller make the seed-bed.

  • Enter Servant with Dawson in cutaway coat and vest and usual trousers.

  • Mr. Jenkins, the grocer, rented a cutaway, and bought a new Panama to wear with it.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • A satin-faced lapel is not conservative on a cutaway, but it is the correct facing for the more formal (and elderly) frock coat.

    Etiquette Emily Post
  • I said that to myself, but I met him with a smile, and with a 'how d'ye do, cutaway?'

    The Humors of Falconbridge Jonathan F. Kelley
  • Hezekiah Wilkins, in holiday garb of silk hat and cutaway frock, arrived.

    The Triumph of Virginia Dale John Francis, Jr.
  • The cutaway coat had been the beginning of it all, it seemed.

    V. V.'s Eyes Henry Sydnor Harrison
  • The captain wore a cutaway coat, a fancy waistcoat, and a white silk cravat fastened with a pearl pin.

    Rayton: A Backwoods Mystery Theodore Goodridge Roberts
  • Her cutaway coat was buttoned tightly over a manly bosom, and her waist was not waspish.

    What Will People Say? Rupert Hughes
British Dictionary definitions for cutaway


a man's coat cut diagonally from the front waist to the back of the knees
  1. a drawing or model of a machine, engine, etc, in which part of the casing is omitted to reveal the workings
  2. (as modifier): a cutaway model
(films, television) a shot separate from the main action of a scene, to emphasize something or to show simultaneous events
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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