cut off
verb Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to bring to an untimely end 2. to stop the passage of <
cut off communications
>
3. shut off, bar <
the river cut off their retreat
>
4. discontinue, terminate <
cut off a subscription
>
5. separate, isolate <
cut herself off from her family
>
6. disinherit <
threatened to cut him off without a penny
>
7. a. to stop the operation of ; turn off <
cut off the engine
>
b. to stop or interrupt while in communication <
the operator cut me off
>
intransitive verb to cease operating <
the motor cut off
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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