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cut off

1. verb Literally, to remove something from something else by cutting. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "cut" and "off." Your plant might bloom again if you cut off the dead flowers.
2. verb To abruptly move in front of another driver, either intentionally or unintentionally. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "cut" and "off." Can you believe that jerk cut me off like that? I nearly hit him!
3. verb To interrupt one and stop them from talking. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "cut" and "off." After my mom had been droning on for nearly five minutes, I just had to cut her off. Hey, don't cut me off—I'm not done my story.
4. verb To stop something from working; to turn something off. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "cut" and "off." When the fuse blew, it cut off the power to the entire second floor. Look, if you don't pay your bill, the electric company will cut off your electricity.
5. verb To stop giving money to someone or something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "cut" and "off." My parents have threatened to cut me off as soon as I turn 30, so I need to find a job. If the school board cuts off funding for the arts, then what will become of the theater program?
6. verb To change direction. Follow the river to where it cuts off to the left and then you'll see the picnic area.
7. verb To turn off a particular road. And then you cut off here and get on this dirt road. I swear we're almost there.
8. verb To prevent access to a particular area or thing. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "cut" and "off." I had to take a detour because the water department had blocked a bunch of streets, cutting me off from my house.
9. verb To isolate or sequester someone. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "cut" and "off." The investigators plan to cut the suspect off from his bosses, in the hope that he will confess.
10. verb To end unexpectedly or abruptly. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "cut" and "off." No one was disappointed when the principal's microphone came unplugged, cutting off his speech. Aw man, why did the music cut off?
11. verb To intercept someone or something that is en route to another location. The shipment of humanitarian supplies was cut off at the border by the government troops. The sheriff cut off the robbers just as they were about to pass through the gulch.
12. In baseball, to intercept a ball that has been thrown to a different player. The shortstop cut off the throw from the outfield because the runner had already scored.
13. verb To disinherit or disown someone. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "cut" and "off." If you continue to fight with your mother like this, she may just cut you off and leave you with nothing.
14. verb To stop serving one alcohol, typically because they are intoxicated. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "cut" and "off." They're going to cut off Tina if she keeps acting like that in here.
15. adjective Indicating an end point for something. In this usage, the phrase is usually written as one word. The cutoff date for the contest is tomorrow, so I hope you've finished your entry.
16. adjective In baseball, describing one who intercepts a ball thrown to a different player. In this usage, the phrase is usually written as one word. The shortstop acted as the cutoff man and then threw the ball to the catcher.
17. adjective Too intoxicated to keep being served alcohol. When I nearly fell off my stool for the third time, the bartender told me that I was cut off.
18. noun The act of ending or stopping something. In this usage, the phrase is usually written as one word. If there is a cutoff of funding, then what will become of the theater program?
19. noun A deadline. In this usage, the phrase is usually written as one word. When is the cutoff for applications to be sent in?
20. noun Pants that have been cut into shorts, typically with a ragged hem. In this usage, the phrase is usually written as one word and pluralized ("cutoffs"). I had only brought jeans with me on the trip, and it was so hot that I had to turn them into cutoffs.
See also: cut, off

cut-off point

The limit beyond which no further action is permitted or possible. I'm sorry to say that we've reached our cut-off point for accepting applications this year.
See also: point

cut off

1. to stop by itself or oneself. The machine got hot and cut off. Bob cut off in midsentence.
2. to turn off a road, path, highway, etc. This is the place where you are supposed to cut off. When you come to a cutoff on the left, continue on for about mile.
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cut someone or something off (from something)

to block or isolate someone or something from some place or something. They cut the cattle off from the wheat field. The enemy tanks cut off the troops from their camp.
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cut someone or something off (short)

Fig. to interrupt someone or something; to prevent someone from continuing to speak. (See also chop someone off.) In the middle of her sentence, the teacher cut her off short. Bob cut off Mary when she was trying to explain.
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cut something off

1. to shorten something. Cut this board off a bit, would you? Cut off this board a little, please.
2. to turn something off, such as power, electricity, water, the engine, etc. Would you please cut that engine off? Cut off the engine, Chuck.
See also: cut, off

cut off

1. Separate from others, isolate, as in The construction debris cut off the workers from the canteen, or The new sect was cut off from the church. [Late 1500s]
2. Stop suddenly, discontinue, as in He quickly cut off the engine, or The drama was cut off by a news flash about tornado warnings. [Late 1500s]
3. Shut off, bar, Their phone was cut off when they didn't pay the bill, or Tom's father threatened to cut off his allowance. [c. 1600]
4. Interrupt the course or passage of, intercept, as in The operator cut us off, or The shortstop cut off the throw to the plate. [Late 1500s]
5. Also, cut off with a shilling or cent . Disinherit, as in Grandfather cut him off with a shilling. This usage dates from the early 1700s; the purpose of bequeathing one shilling (a small sum) was to indicate that the heir had not been overlooked but was intentionally being disinherited. In America cent was substituted from about 1800 on.
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cut off

1. To remove something by cutting: I cut off the tree branch. He cut his beard off.
2. To interrupt someone who is speaking: Don't cut me off like that. The speaker was cut off by the crowd. The principal cut off the discussion when the assembly started.
3. To separate someone from others; isolate someone: I don't want to cut my brother off from his friends. She was cut off from her family while she was gone. All contact was cut off.
4. To stop something from functioning by disconnecting it from its source of power: Cut the power off. The landlord cut off the heat. The lights got cut off.
5. To interrupt the course or passage of something: The infielder cut off the throw to the plate. The police cut all the routes of escape off.
6. To interrupt or break the line of communication of someone: The telephone operator cut us off. The storm cut off the phone lines.
7. To stop or come to an end suddenly: The music suddenly cut off.
8. To change from one direction to another: The road goes straight over the hill and then cuts off to the right around the pond.
9. To disinherit someone: They cut their heirs off without a cent. My parents changed their will and cut me off after I left home.
10. To discontinue the funding for something, such as a government program: School breakfasts were cut off after the funding cuts. The mayor cut off free school lunches from the budget.
11. To drive into the space in front of a moving car, often suddenly and recklessly: That taxi cut me off on the highway. The truck cut off the small car abruptly.
See also: cut, off
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A lower screening cutoff for the first screen would obligate reporting many infants with positive screens to primary care providers, potentially resulting in unnecessary additional testing as well as unnecessary stress for families and providers.
Accordingly, the identification of sex-specific AHtR cutoffs in this study was consistent with prior research.
We demonstrate that hs-cTnT taken at ED presentation can, using a cutoff of <5 ng/L (LoD), identify >20% of patients as potentially suitable for discharge.
Southern Lake Weir Structure, Defence Complex Islamabad, Pakistan: The results of seepage analysis performed for the subject dam section having cutoff wall of varying depths with drainage and without drainage arrangements are summarized in Table 1.
Inflow to each check was monitored with a calibrated portable Doppler flow meter (PDFM 4.0; Greyline, Massena, NY), which was used to take hourly measurements manually prior to cutoff. As the wetting front proceeded toward the cutoff location, surface water depth was manually measured at the various sensor locations and averaged.
As a result, the diagnostic accuracy of using an age-adjusted cutoff could have been overestimated, although this is likely not clinically important because these cases would have remained symptomatic within the 45-day to 3-month follow-up period.
The cutoff that optimized the prediction of each race/ethnicity for males and females, respectively, was 0.57 and 0.56 for White; any cutoff starting from 0.52 and from 0.54 for AIAN; and 0.50 for all other races/ethnicities.
The goal of the current study was to examine the change in the cost-effectiveness of diabetes preventive interventions because of progressive 0.1% decremental reductions in the Hb[] cutoff from 6.4% to 5.5% (Am.
adults from the NHANES (National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey) from 1999 to 2006, found that the cost per quality-adjusted life-year (QALY) associated with an [HbA.sub.1c] cutoff of 5.7% or higher was identified as being below $50,000 per QALY, "a widely recognized threshold for the cost-effective use of [health care] resources," wrote the researchers.
The purposes of this study were to set the Elecsys TRAb cutoff value by which GD and PT can be accurately diagnosed simply; and to investigate the usefulness of the vascularity index (VI) obtained from power Doppler sonography (PDS).
In a traditional regression-discontinuity design (RDD), units are assigned to treatment and comparison conditions solely on the basis of a single cutoff score on a continuous assignment variable.
The FISH scoring guidelines for selection of patients for trastuzumab treatment was later approved by the FDA using a HER2 gene to centromere 17 ratio (HER2/CEN-17) cutoff for HER2 gene amplification of 2.0.
New Delhi, June 15 (ANI): With the cutoff at Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) being an unbelievable 100 percent, Union Human Resource and Development (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibal on Wednesday said the government is on the students side, and added that it is unfortunate that some colleges have record cutoffs this year.
program in psychology at the University of Rhode Island, Kingston, and her associates examined three groups of adolescents: 45 who scored at or above the clinical cutoff (16 or above) on the Adolescent Drinking Inventory (ADI); 68 who scored below the clinical cutoff on the ADI while being treated in the pediatric or adult emergency department of a level 1 regional care center after an alcohol-related incident; and 64 adolescents who were alcohol negative while being treated in the pediatric or adult emergency departments, or in community settings.