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[kuht-in] /ˈkʌtˌɪn/
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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "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.

  • 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.

    The Cruise of the Cachalot Frank T. Bullen
  • Just after we started to cut-in a boat appeared alongside with six Maories and half-breeds on board.

    The Cruise of the Cachalot Frank T. Bullen
  • This is only a sort of 'cut-in' effect, anyhow—a preliminary to the grand performance that is to come later.

  • With this wiring layout, any number of batteries from one to ten may be cut-in by means of the switches.

  • A cut-in head is set in a panel, with or without rule, after the second or third line of the first paragraph.

    Typesetting A. A. Stewart
Slang definitions & phrases for cut-in



The right to share something: We've each got a cut-in on the profits (1931+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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