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cut and paste

1. verb In computing, to remove something so that it can be placed elsewhere (such as text in a word processing document). I think you should cut and paste this section because it would fit better with the introduction of your paper.
2. noun An unimportant or trivial activity. We usually just assign the interns cut and paste around the office to keep them busy.
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cut and paste

 
1. Lit. to cut something out of paper with scissors and paste it onto something else. The teacher told the little children that it was time to cut and paste, and they all ran to the worktables. Mary made a tiny house by cutting and pasting little strips of paper.
2. Fig. something trivial, simple, or childish. I hate this job. It's nothing but cut and paste. I don't mind doing things that have to be done, but I hate to waste my time on cut and paste.
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cut and paste

Describing a patched-up job or trivial work. For example, The revision was easy, just cut and paste, or The new assistant had expected some training, but all she got was cut and paste. This term alludes to simple artwork done by small children-cutting out pictures and gluing them to paper. [Mid-1900s]
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Chris Wermann, communications director at US-owned multi-national Kellogg's, asked workers to respond to the official consultation exercise on the charge by cutting and pasting opposition views from a No campaign website.
An even faster way of cutting and pasting with Windows, which many people don't know about, is continuing to use the mouse after selecting the text by pressing the right mouse button.
Ironically, he called these densely packed constellations of printed matter, which he started making in 1951, simply "Paste-Ups," referring to the childhood activity of making worlds by cutting and pasting at the kitchen table.
Users can also create their own documents using StudyWorks, enabling teachers to design their own materials from scratch or by cutting and pasting from the documents included on the CD.
Anyone who tells you more children will perish in Iraq this month than Americans died on September 11 is cutting and pasting inflated mid-1990s statistics onto a country that has changed significantly since then.
Cutting and pasting paragraphs within HTML is the ideal solution, as it's easy to do and the resulting page looks just like the original.
The process of cutting and pasting does not imply too much thinking, it implies too much imaging: image believing, image selecting, image cloning, image recycling, and so on.
The windows make cutting and pasting easy, and graphics can be imported into documents.
Rather then trying to identify random table information within a PDF file, the xDoc Structured Finance Toolkit reliably identifies definable sets of tables and extracts detailed information from rows and columns within them more accurately then re-keying or cutting and pasting.
Pay Button can be placed on a web site in a few minutes by simply cutting and pasting the code to the site without any programming required.
Vendors can submit materials directly to the VPR by simply cutting and pasting the document from a word processor onto the "Submit a Press Release" form at the BYTE Site.