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noun [countable] cut pronunciation in British English /kʌt/
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  1. 1
    an injury on your skin where something sharp has cut it
    My son’s face was covered in cuts and bruises.
    She suffered a deep cut to her scalp.
    1. a.
      a mark or hole in a surface where something sharp has cut it
      Make a series of small cuts in the meat.
  2. 2
    a reduction in something
    job/tax/pay/defence cuts
    cut in: The government threatened a cut in education spending.
  3. 3
    [usually singular] the act or process of cutting something
    I chopped the log with one clean cut.
  4. 4
    [usually singular] the way in which someones hair has been cut
    We gave Jenny’s hair a softer cut.
    1. a.
      the way in which cloth has been cut that gives it a particular style or shape
      the stylish cut of his evening clothes
  5. 9
    [usually singular] informal someones part of a total amount of money
    Don’t forget your agent takes a 10% cut.



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