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clear-cut

1. adjective Easily understandable and unquestionable; free of doubt. I know you're unhappy about it, but grandma's will was clear-cut—all of her money goes to Elise. There is no one clear-cut path to success.
2. verb To cut down all the trees in a particular forested tract. The environmental group is attempting to stop the logging company from clear-cutting a vast swath of forest.
3. adjective Describing a forested tract that has been cut in such a way. The clear-cut tract looks like an alien landscape with its acres of stumps.

clear-cut

clear and certain, so that there is no doubt about something She has clear-cut evidence that the company cheated her. The link between alcohol and crime is clear-cut.
References in classic literature ?
Veiling his clear-cut, lean face in a thin layer of a hard, high cloud, I have seen him, like a wizened robber sheik of the sea, hold up large caravans of ships to the number of three hundred or more at the very gates of the English Channel.
Have clear-cut and handsome features; their eyes are well set and large, though a slight narrowness lends them a crafty appearance.
That was all--there was no clear-cut horizontal line marking the dip of the globe below the line of vision.
The moonlight shone on the white stones, bringing them out in clear-cut relief against the dark trees behind.
Visions came to him, clear-cut and real, and concepts sharp as steel cutting-edges.
By his side walked a woman, tall and slight and dark, with lithe, graceful figure and clear-cut, composed features.
She was of medium height, well formed, and with fine, clear-cut features.
He leaned forward in his chair with an expression of extraordinary concentration upon his clear-cut, hawklike features.
Even the shadows were sharp and stiff and clear-cut, as no proper shadows should be.
Thitherto English prose had seldom attained to thorough conciseness and order; it had generally been more or less formless or involved in sentence structure or pretentious in general manner; but the Restoration writers substantially formed the more logical and clear-cut manner which, generally speaking, has prevailed ever since.
The red tint of his clear-cut face with trim short black whiskers under a cap of curly iron-grey hair was the only warm spot in the dinginess of that room cooled by the cheerless tablecloth.
That a stomach, disordered by decayed elephant flesh, a lion roaring in the jungle, a picture-book, and sleep could have so truly portrayed all the clear-cut details of what he had seemingly experienced was quite beyond his knowledge; yet he knew that Numa could not climb a tree, he knew that there existed in the jungle no such bird as he had seen, and he knew, too, that he could not have fallen a tiny fraction of the distance he had hurtled downward, and lived.
Instead it loomed clear-cut and real as Bolgani himself, the magnificent dark coat glistening with life and health in a bar of sunlight which shot across the cabin through the high window behind the young Lord Greystoke.
She has never known the clear-cut armies of the purer air.
He saw the clear-cut features, the firm chin, the white forehead and the topknot of fair hair against the white pillow.