1. countable noun
A cardboard cutout
is a shape that has been cut from cardboard.
You'd swear he was a cardboard cut-out except that he'd moved his rifle.
2. countable noun
is a device that turns off a machine automatically in particular circumstances
Use a kettle with an automatic cut-out so it doesn't boil for longer than necessary.
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