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clear-cut

[kleer-kuht for 1, 2; kleer-kuht for 3–5]
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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
  1. a section of forest where all trees have been cut down for harvesting.
verb (used with object), clear-cut, clear-cut·ting.
  1. to fell all the trees in (a section of forest) for harvesting.
Also clear cut, clear·cut (for defs 3–5).

Origin of clear-cut

First recorded in 1850–55
Related formsclear-cut·ness, noun

Synonyms

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1. chiseled, crisp, precise, positive, definite.
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Examples from the Web for clear-cut

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Historical Examples

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

  • He flung back his head, and there was defiance in every line of his clear-cut face.

    The Strolling Saint

    Raphael Sabatini

  • He hesitated, but when his words came they were clear-cut and stern.

    The Coyote

    James Roberts

  • His English was not thick, but all clear-cut, as though it came from a phonograph.

    "Captains Courageous"

    Rudyard Kipling

  • These were not clear-cut problems of the kind he had been dealing with all his life.

    But, I Don't Think

    Gordon Randall Garrett


British Dictionary definitions for clear-cut

clear-cut

adjective (clear cut when postpositive)
  1. definite; not vaguea clear-cut proposal
  2. clearly outlined
verb
  1. (tr) another term for clear-fell
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