One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Ceremonially open a building or road, typically by cutting a ribbon across the entrance.‘the MP cut a ribbon to mark the completion of the new bypass’figurative ‘the firm cut the ribbon on a £30 million joint venture in Beijing’
- ‘They will start signing autographs and meeting fans from 2.30 pm until 7pm after cutting the ribbon to open the store's new gallery extension.’
- ‘Sean Bean, renowned for his ‘100 per cent Blade’ tattoo, will use his sword from the TV series Sharpe to cut the ribbon to officially open the centre.’
- ‘With banners flying, the group shouted their objections as Essex County Council officials cut the ribbon to officially open the new road.’
- ‘Tomorrow, Jack McConnell, the First Minister, will cut the ribbon that officially opens the station and marks an end to the needless delays.’
- ‘Mary officially opened the show by cutting the ribbon with Mickey on one side and the very popular Duncan Stewart on the other, each of whom planted a loving kiss on her cheek!’
- ‘West Wiltshire MP Dr Andrew Murrison cut the ribbon to open the £475,000 building, which was jointly funded by the college and the Learning and Skills Council.’
- ‘After a blessing by branch chaplain Father John Tyrrell, Mayor Everitt and John Gould cut the ribbon to officially open the building.’
- ‘After cutting the ribbon to the entrance to the woodland walk I was presented with a bouquet by the youngest daughters of the last grandchild to be actually born at Townhead.’
- ‘The Prince rounded off the tour by cutting a ribbon to officially open the shop when he received a surprise from Kendal royalist Wyn Newman, 77, who presented him with her lovingly-stitched tapestry of Crathie Church, near Balmoral.’
- ‘A long-time resident of Cullingworth, Elsie Hollingsworth, and a pupil from Cullingworth Primary School, Jessica Darnbrook, officially opened the trail by cutting a ribbon in a ceremony at the viaduct.’
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