- noting or pertaining to a type of surface mining in which coal and other flat-lying mineral deposits are removed by the excavation of long, narrow trenches.
Origin of open-cut
First recorded in 1880–85
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- civil engineering an excavation made in the open rather than in a tunnelSee cut-and-cover
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