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cutout

[kuht-out] /ˈkʌtˌaʊt/
noun
1.
something cut out from something else, as a pattern or figure cut out or intended to be cut out of paper, cardboard, or other material.
2.
a valve in the exhaust pipe of an internal-combustion engine, which when open permits the engine to exhaust directly into the air ahead of the muffler.
3.
an act or instance of cutting out.
4.
Slang. a trusted intermediary between two espionage agents or agencies.
5.
Electricity. a device for the manual or automatic interruption of electric current.
Origin of cutout
1790-1800
1790-1800; noun use of verb phrase cut out
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cut out

verb (adverb)
1.
(transitive) to delete or remove
2.
(transitive) to shape or form by cutting: to cut out a dress
3.
(transitive; usually passive) to suit or equip for: you're not cut out for this job
4.
(intransitive) (of an engine, etc) to cease to operate suddenly
5.
(transitive) (printing) to remove the background from a photograph or drawing to make the outline of the subject stand out
6.
(intransitive) (of an electrical device) to switch off, usually automatically
7.
(transitive) (informal) to oust and supplant (a rival)
8.
(intransitive) (of a person) to be excluded from a card game
9.
(transitive) (informal) to cease doing something, esp something undesirable (esp in the phrase cut it out)
10.
(transitive) (soccer) to intercept (a pass)
11.
(transitive) to separate (cattle) from a herd
12.
(intransitive) (Austral & NZ) to end or finish: the road cuts out at the creek
13.
have one's work cut out, to have as much work as one can manage
noun
14.
something that has been or is intended to be cut out from something else
15.
a photograph or drawing from which the background has been cut away
16.
a device that switches off or interrupts an electric circuit, esp a switch acting as a safety device
17.
an impressed stamp cut out from an envelope for collecting purposes
18.
(Austral, slang) the end of shearing
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Word Origin and History for cutout
n.

1851, from verbal phrase, from cut (v.) + out (adv.).

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