Meaning of “open-cut” in the English Dictionary

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"open-cut" in British English

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uk /ˌəʊ.pənˈkʌt/ us /ˌoʊ.pənˈkʌt/ US also open-pit, UK opencast

used to describe a place where minerals, especially coal, are taken from the surface of the ground rather than from passages dug under it, or relating to this way of getting minerals:

open-cut mine/mining

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