cut off

cut off
1. to stop by itself or oneself. •

The machine got hot and cut off.

Bob cut off in midsentence.

2. to turn off a road, path, highway, etc. •

This is the place where you are supposed to cut off.

When you come to a cutoff on the left, continue on for about mile.

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{v.} 1. To separate or block. * /The flood cut the townspeople off from the rest of the world./ * /The woods cut off the view./ * /His rudeness cuts him off from friends he might have./ 2. To interrupt or stop. * /The television show was cut off by a special news report./ * /We were told to pay the bill or the water would be cut off./ 3. To end the life of; cause the death of. * /Disease cut Smith off in the best part of life./ 4. To give nothing to at death; leave out of a will. * /Jane married a man her father hated, and her father cut her off./ * /Frank's uncle cut him off without a penny./ 5. To stop from operating; turn a switch to stop. * /The ship cut off its engines as it neared the dock./ Syn.: SHUT OFF, TURN OFF.

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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