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phrasal verb [transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theycut off
he/she/itcuts off
present participlecutting off
past tensecut off
past participlecut off
  1. 1
    same as cut1 (sense 7)

    The government has threatened to cut off our funding.

    They cut off the electricity last week.

  2. 3
    to make a place difficult or impossible to enter, leave, or communicate with

    The floods completely cut off the town.

    cut something off from something:

    Our house is cut off from the rest of the town.

    1. a.
      to prevent someone from leaving a place, or from communicating with people in another place

      Having a new baby can cut a young mother off from the adult world.

  3. 4
    to remove something by cutting it

    Cut the tops off the carrots.

    Why did you cut off all your hair?

  4. 8
    [usually passive] cut someone off if someone or something cuts you off when you are talking on the telephone, they make the telephone line stop working

    We got cut off in the middle of the call.

  5. 9
    cut someone off to stop having a close or friendly relationship with someone

    Why did all his friends suddenly cut him off?

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