- Movies. a still, as of a scene or an object, inserted in a film and interrupting the action or continuity: We will insert a cut-in of the letter as she reads it.
- Radio and Television. a commercial or other announcement inserted by a local station into a network broadcast.
- the act of cutting in, as on a dancing couple.
Origin of cut-in
First recorded in 1880–85; noun use of verb phrase cut in
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Examples from the Web for cut-in
"They're worse than plays, the most o' them," was the Wife's cut-in.Gullible's Travels, Etc.
Ring W. Lardner
But Lucy, being a man of energy, soon rigged a jury-mast out of its wreck, and set to work to cut-in his whales.Rodman The Boatsteerer And Other Stories
But instead of commencing at once to cut-in, Captain Count gave orders to pile on all sail and keep her away up the Straits.
Just after we started to cut-in a boat appeared alongside with six Maories and half-breeds on board.
This is only a sort of 'cut-in' effect, anyhow—a preliminary to the grand performance that is to come later.The Moving Picture Girls at Sea</p>
Laura Lee Hope