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clear-cut

[ kleer-kuht for 1, 2; kleer-kuht for 3-5 ]
/ ˈklɪərˈkʌt for 1, 2; ˈklɪərˌkʌt for 3-5 /
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adjective
formed with or having clearly defined outlines: a face with clear-cut features.
unambiguously clear; completely evident; definite: His sale of secrets was a clear-cut example of treachery.
of or relating to a section of forest where all trees have been cut down for harvesting.
noun
a section of forest where all trees have been cut down for harvesting.
verb (used with object), clear-cut, clear-cut·ting.
to fell all the trees in (a section of forest) for harvesting.
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Also clear cut, clear·cut (for defs. 3-5) .

Origin of clear-cut

First recorded in 1850–55

OTHER WORDS FROM clear-cut

clear-cutness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for clear-cut

clear-cut

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