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cut a/the ribbon

To formally open or begin something, which can include the act of cutting a ceremonial ribbon. The CEO should definitely be there when we cut the ribbon on the new hospital wing tomorrow.
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cut a (or the) ribbon

perform an opening ceremony, usually by formally cutting a ribbon strung across the entrance to a building, road, etc.
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OFFICIALLY OPEN: Former Paralympic sprinter and British record holder Paul Cartwright cuts the ribbon to open the Star Shop Enterprise in Dewsbury, which will operate until Christmas to raise cash for Children in Need (S)
NEW ERA: Pat Constant (centre) cuts the ribbon to mark the pounds 300,000 refurbishment at Marks & Spencer in Nuneaton with manager Dean Law (second from right) and other staff.
SHOWCASE: Vice-chancellor of the University of Huddersfield, Prof Bob Cryan (left), cuts the ribbon to mark the opening of the Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce premises with chamber chairman Eddie Rodgers (AC041208Emycc)
OPEN FOR BUSINESS: GP Dr Richard Ballantine (right) cuts the ribbon held by pharmacy manager Richard Brown next to chief executive Mike Ward as staff stand by with the champagne.
PICTURE: Clr Calvert, cuts the ribbon to officially open the new at Wilberlee extension with the help of headteacher Richard Bottom (left), chairman of the school governors Tony Bowers and a group of pupils.
Precision cut Robert Broadhead cuts the ribbon to open the new premises of Broomfield Carbide Gauges, watched by directors and staff A FORMER employee returned to work - to open a company's new premises.
Official opening Examiner winner Joanne cuts the ribbon to open the new PC World store on Leeds Road with sons Ewan (centre ) and Lewis (right) and store manager Neil Hunter (left) A MUM of two was the lucky winner of a giant home projection kit thanks to PC World and the Examiner.
Official opening Provost Simpson cuts the ribbon watched by (left) operations manager Wayne Coats and Ryan Maunder, centre manager
Charlotte Church cuts the ribbon at Safe Foundation's ethical boutique dan green photography
Specsavers co-founder Dame Mary Perkins cuts the ribbon to officially open the revamped Loughborough store.
Nate Reeve (center), principal engineer, with Riverdale City Mayor Norm Searle, cuts the ribbon at the grand opening of Reeve & Associates' new office building in Riverdale.
Waleed Khalid Balubaid, chairman of Balubaid Group, cuts the ribbon along with top executives of Funland officials to mark the opening.