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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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