Definition of rough cut in English:

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rough cut


The first version of a film after preliminary editing: it was a long time before she could convince a producer to trust her, even with a rough cut [as modifier]: we have had a rough-cut screening that was a disaster
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  • The film, which was submitted to Sundance at the rough-cut stage, was not accepted.
  • Also included are nine deleted scenes, which are thankfully not presented in rough-cut footage form.
  • I want to see the completed film, not the rough cut sent to me by the cinematographer.


(rough-cut) [with object] Cut (something) rapidly and without particular attention to quality or accuracy: it would be best to rough-cut the boards to size with a portable saw
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  • The book describes cutting and rounding the log, drawing the design, rough-cutting the figure, carving the add-on pieces, rounding figures and carving faces.
  • It can be used on some dry-clean only fabrics if they're first rough-cut allowing enough excess fabric that the shrinkage incurred won't affect cutting the final pattern piece.

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