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cut·out / ˈkətˌout/ (also cut-out) • n. 1. a shape of a person or thing cut out of cardboard or another material. ∎ fig. a person perceived as characterless or as lacking in individuality: this film's protagonists are cardboard cutouts. 2. a hole cut in something for decoration or to allow the insertion of something else. 3. a device that automatically breaks an electric circuit for safety and either resets itself or can be reset.

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cutout A portion of text or a graphic that has been marked in some way, for instance by dragging the cursor across it, in preparation for a cut or copy operation.