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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
First recorded in 1835-45; adj., noun use of verb phrase cut away Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for cut-away coat
Historical Examples
  • His dress—he wore a black morning cut-away coat—was faultless.

    The Ivory Child H. Rider Haggard
  • I assure you, I can be just as solemn in a pareo and a wreath of roses, as in a high hat and a cut-away coat.

    The Trembling of a Leaf William Somerset Maugham
  • He was still wearing the cut-away coat with the line of mud up the back.

  • There was blood on both sleeves of the cut-away coat, blood on the vest and blood on the trousers.

    The Crime of the Century

    Henry M. Hunt
  • There is material for observation, research, and deduction, even in a bowler hat and a cut-away coat.

    The Heritage of Dress Wilfred Mark Webb
  • He had a stand-up collar and a cut-away coat with gilt buttons and a Scotch cap.

    Animal Ghosts Elliott O'Donnell
British Dictionary definitions for cut-away coat


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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