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.

Nearby words

  1. cut to the bone,
  2. cut to the chase,
  3. cut to the quick,
  4. cut up,
  5. cut velvet,
  6. cut-and-dried,
  7. cut-and-paste,
  8. cut-and-try,
  9. cut-card work,
  10. cut-grass

Origin of cut-and-cover

First recorded in 1830–40 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cut-and-cover



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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