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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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Rhys is pictured cutting the ribbon to open the new premises, while staff and guests look on.
With Cesar Pina Toribio representing President Fernandez and cutting the ribbon, Coastal Dominicana inaugurated a tank farm on the south coast, with a capacity for storing a million barrels of petroleum products, reports DR1 Daily News (May 3, 2010).
The shop at 29 Arrowe Park Road, Wirral, reopens on Tuesday with Alison Dixey, British Red Cross operations manager for Merseyside, cutting the ribbon at 10:30am.
AN eight-year-old has been given the honour of cutting the ribbon to mark the official opening of his new school.
The first service from Germany saw Bert Trautmann, a former prisoner of war, cutting the ribbon just days before his heroic performance for City in the FA Cup Final where he played in the latter part of the match with a broken neck.
Paris Hilton has never missed the opening of even a crisp packet in the past, so it was a surprise to hear she missed cutting the ribbon at the opening of her very own nightspot, Club Paris, in Florida.
The chart stars, whose latest single, Make It Hot, is released this week, will be cutting the ribbon and having a photo call with the new manager and Nipper the HMV canine mascot at 12.30pm.
Cahill joined representatives of Pennrose Properties Inc., owner/manager of the building; the New Brunswick Development Corporation (DEVCO), master developer of an urban redevelopment project of which Skyline Tower is a part; as well as members of the city's municipal, business and civic sectors in cutting the ribbon to welcome the new luxury rental building of 70 elegant apartments.
Cassie said: "I was nervous about cutting the ribbon but I really enjoyed it.