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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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Cassie said: "I was nervous about cutting the ribbon but I really enjoyed it.
Fiercely independent Jennie Bowron, 105, was invited to the Stockton store she has shopped in for more than 50 years to do the honours of cutting the ribbon.
And for Sheila, a greatgrandmother-of-seven, her decades of hard work were made all the more worthwhile when she performed the task of cutting the ribbon on the recently-revamped Whickham Dental Practice.
IT'S OPEN: Lawrence Crees, MD of Genial Genetics, opens Clever Machines by cutting the ribbon, watched (right) by Jab Design MD Jonathan Butters
Nora - Kathy Staff - is pictured cutting the ribbon to the cottage with Pauline Littlewood and Neil Worthington.
But the youngsters couldn't get to grips with the new play facilities straight away as cutting the ribbon didn't go as smoothly as planned - the scissors could not be found.
Barnabas Hospital, as well as local dignitaries in cutting the ribbon on the new site.
Mayor Stacey Murphy and Councilman Dave Golonski were assigned the job of cutting the ribbon for the shuttle's first voyage.