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clear-cut Line breaks: clear-cut

Definition of clear-cut in English:


1Sharply defined; easy to perceive or understand: we now had a clear-cut objective
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  • The technique allowed easy and clear-cut distinction between empty and full vessels.
  • This analysis suggests that, from a practical point of view, it is not easy to draw a clear-cut distinction between a collecting bank and a discounting bank.
  • It also stresses the need to define clear-cut borders to maintain a democratic society and promote other worthy social goals.
definite, distinct, clear, well defined, sharply defined, precise, specific, explicit, unambiguous, black and white, hard and fast;
unequivocal, straightforward;
striking, obvious;
marked, decided;
informal cut and dried
2(Of an area) from which every tree has been cut down and removed: clear-cut forests are unappealing for recreation
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  • Instead of the gorgeous scenic vistas of the Cascade Mountains favored by many artists at the time, he painted scarred clear-cut areas, the loggers' aftermath.
  • The trees were planted from propagules, in April 1994, in an overexploited clear-cut area.
  • This summer, people will be taking steps to prevent the clear-cut areas from being sprayed to kill off hardwood growth.


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(also clear-fell) [with object] Cut down and remove every tree from (an area): colonizers clear-cut large jungle tracts
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  • Indeed, some of them were whoppers like claiming areas had been clear-felled when they hadn't and putting misleading captions on photographs.
  • Our choice was simply between wringing our hands against all logging or offering plantation thinning as a positive alternative to clear-cutting the old stuff.
  • It had been clear-felled some eighty years ago which meant that the trees were of a fairly uniform size.

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