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What is a cutout?
A cutout is something that is cut from something else, such as an image of a celebrity printed on a large sheet of cardboard with all the unprinted cardboard cut away.
To cut out is to shape or form by cutting. The result is a cutout, as in When Darby made the wooden dollhouse, he made sure to include square cutouts in the walls to represent windows.
In electrical engineering, a cutout is a device that interrupts the electrical current to a device, such as a lamp.
Example: There was a cutout of the celebrity outside the theater on opening weekend.
Where does cutout come from?
You might have seen small cutouts in magazines that you would cut out to make a papercraft, such as a doll or knick-knack. A larger cutout would be punched or cut out of a larger sheet to create a replica kit, a diorama, or a display. Life-size cutouts of celebrities or fictional characters are popularly used to promote the celebrity or the work the character comes from, such as a superhero movie.
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How is cutout used in real life?
A cutout is an object that can take many forms and has a specialized meaning in engineering.
And now I will crawl into bed with only a life sized cardboard cutout of Beto O’Rourke to comfort me. Good night, kids. Big day tomorrow. Let’s do this. 💙💙💙
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) November 6, 2018
don't tell jacob but I'm getting him a cardboard cutout of pitbull for his birthday
— grant landis (@grantlandis) November 11, 2014
Today I worked on some cute paper cutout/collage art to sell at my merch table during fall tour. Hopefully you guys will like it!
— Lauren Fairweather (@laurenfairwx) October 12, 2011
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Is cutout used correctly in the following sentence?
I cutout all the bad aspects of my life last year.
How to use cutout in a sentence
His house there is a museum with a large collection of his paintings and cutouts, along with some of the recognizable objects he pictured over and over.An art lover’s Impressionist video trip to Provence and the Riviera|Nancy Nathan|February 5, 2021|Washington Post
The assemblages’s see-through portals include a doggy door and intricate cutouts, but some possible passageways are blocked by wooden 2-by-4s or slabs of blank plywood.In the galleries: A towering exhibit offers a new definition of domestic life|Mark Jenkins|January 1, 2021|Washington Post
In Major League Baseball, the teams begin a shortened season with stadium seats occupied by cardboard cutouts representing fans, except in the case of the Houston Astros, who use live human snipers.
Empty stadiums were filled with posterboards, stuffed animals and cardboard cutouts.
Skip the typical top crust and try this method for decorative pie crust cutouts instead.Decorate this caramel apple pie with festive, buttery pastry cutouts|Erin Jeanne McDowell|November 12, 2020|Washington Post
Another showed black crows pecking at a cutout of Switzerland.
In the black-and-white stop-motion animation Dollhouse, Sherman casts herself as a cutout doll from a book.Cindy Sherman: Early Works Opens At Gucci Museo in Florence|Alice Cavanagh|January 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
I squinted through a cutout in the hut: nothing but thick rainforest.
The spandex dresses feature cutout panels on the sides, short skirts, and the word “MAVS” written across the chest.The Dallas Mavericks' Cheerleaders Skimpy New Uniforms; Karl Lagerfeld's Interesting Word Choice|The Fashion Beast Team|November 9, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Their house, she said, had a John McCain poster on the door and a Barak Obama cutout in the living room.
The pencil is drawn along one edge of the cutout so that it will make lines as shown in Fig. 2.The Boy Mechanic, Book 2|Various
Gault was holding up a large paper cutout of a human figure—a long, rangy man.
He would get the Professor returned by pressing the upper portion of the cutout flatly onto the desk surface.
He would distract the attention of the Entity from Gault by making another cutout.
He reached a hand toward the cutout, the torso of which still bulged upward from the desk.
British Dictionary definitions for cutout
Other Idioms and Phrases with cutout
Excise, remove as if by cutting; also, form or shape as if by cutting or carving. For example, Young children love cutting out pictures from magazines, or The first step is cutting out the dress pattern. The first usage dates from about 1400, the second from the mid-1500s.
Oust, replace, or supplant someone, as in He cut out all her other boyfriends. [Mid-1600s]
Also, cut out for. Suited or fitted by nature, as in Dean's not cut out for lexicography. [Mid-1600s]
Also, cut out for. Assigned beforehand, prepared, predetermined, as in We have our work cut out for us. [Early 1600s]
Deprive, as in He cut her out of his will. [Early 1800s]
Stop, cease, as in He cut out the motor, or Cut out that noise! [c. 1900] Also see cut it out.
Leave, especially in a hurry; also, run away. For example, I'm cutting out right now, or At the first hint of a police raid they cut out. [Slang; first half of 1800s] Also see cut and run; cut the comedy.