Meaning of “cut sth off” in the English Dictionary

"cut sth off" in British English

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cut sth off

phrasal verb with cut uk /kʌt/ us /kʌt/ verb present participle cutting, past tense and past participle cut


A2 to remove a part of something to make it smaller or shorter, using a sharp tool such as a knife:

Remember to cut off the fat before you fry the steak.

More examples

  • They cut off all the overhanging branches.
  • He had his hand cut off in an industrial accident.
  • He cut off his hair for charity.
  • I cut the peel off the orange.
  • We had to cut off the bed's legs to get it through the door.

(Definition of “cut sth off” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)