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cutaway

[kuht-uh-wey] /ˈkʌt əˌweɪ/
noun
1.
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.
2.
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.
3.
an illustration or scale model having the outer section removed to display the interior.
adjective
4.
having a part cut away, as an outer section of something being illustrated so that the inside may be shown.
Origin of cutaway
1835-1845
First recorded in 1835-45; adj., noun use of verb phrase cut away
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Examples from the Web for cutaway
Historical Examples
  • Mr. Jenkins, the grocer, rented a cutaway, and bought a new Panama to wear with it.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • This is shown in Fig. 50, in which, also, two of the cutaway parts are removed.

    Carpentry for Boys J. S. Zerbe
  • A cutaway harrow, run shallow, and a roller make the seed-bed.

  • I said that to myself, but I met him with a smile, and with a 'how d'ye do, cutaway?'

    The Humors of Falconbridge Jonathan F. Kelley
  • Then the baker rushed into the room, in a cutaway Sunday coat of the latest style.

    An American at Oxford John Corbin
  • The wind blew the tails of his cutaway about him like flapping wings.

    Vandover and the Brute

    Frank Norris
  • Examples of these are the disk, cutaway and spading harrows.

    The First Book of Farming Charles L. Goodrich
  • The cutaway coat had been the beginning of it all, it seemed.

    V. V.'s Eyes

    Henry Sydnor Harrison
  • Her cutaway coat was buttoned tightly over a manly bosom, and her waist was not waspish.

    What Will People Say? Rupert Hughes
  • This Sunday afternoon, in a cutaway coat and high hat, with an English malacca stick, he was just a little out of the picture.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
British Dictionary definitions for cutaway

cutaway

/ˈkʌtəˌweɪ/
noun
1.
a man's coat cut diagonally from the front waist to the back of the knees
2.
  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
3.
(films, television) a shot separate from the main action of a scene, to emphasize something or to show simultaneous events
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