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  1. a method for digging a tunnel, laying pipe, etc., by cutting a trench, constructing the tunnel or laying the pipe in it, and covering with the excavated material.
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Origin of cut-and-cover

First recorded in 1830–40
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Historical Examples of cut-and-cover

  • The cut-and-cover, hurry-scurry methods of doing things, common on some Western farms, will not do in drainage work.

    Prairie Farmer, Vol. 56: No. 3, January 19, 1884.


British Dictionary definitions for cut-and-cover


  1. designating a method of constructing a tunnel by excavating a cutting to the required depth and then backfilling the excavation over the tunnel roof
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