Definition of offcut in English:



  • A piece of waste material that is left behind after cutting a larger piece.

    ‘a timber offcut’
    ‘offcuts of carpet’
    • ‘Volunteers at the charity are self-confessed scavengers, regularly on the prowl for offcuts no longer needed by factories and offices.’
    • ‘Before you screw it all together you will find you have a few little offcuts of fibre board lying around.’
    • ‘Reverse Garbage trucks are a regular sight Sydney wide, picking up industry offcuts, and bits and pieces of all shapes, sizes, colours, and molecular make-up.’
    • ‘I think I get my love of crafts from my mother, who at the moment is obsessed with turning offcuts from mohair rugs into luxurious winter wraps.’
    • ‘They used offcuts of kip leather used in bush saddlery.’
    • ‘Here there are a number of shabby, hand-written/painted signs which amount to no more than offcuts of wood.’
    • ‘Suddenly for no apparent reason I had a flash of inspiration and started collaging greetings cards out of offcuts from my prints.’
    • ‘Although certain businesses have donated paint, wood offcuts and other items over the year, he said it was disheartening to see the lack of interest by the public.’
    • ‘Also in the barrow ditches were woodchips and offcuts from the construction of the mound's timber revetment.’
    • ‘Moulds for at least two socketed axes and a knife were found - dated typologically to about 1000-800 BC - as well as a blue glass bead, a small bronze offcut and quantities of charcoal.’
    • ‘Poor old Sofia has been down to her local carpet warehouse and snapped up a few offcuts of a revolting cerise floor covering.’
    • ‘Doyle decided he was getting poor value from the scrappage of offcuts from the silver cutlery products and started tentatively investigating using the offcuts to make jewellery.’
    • ‘I wanted to buy some kimono silk offcuts to make a bunch of silk & velvet scarves for ebaying, and I found lots of excellent stuff in pinks and lavenders and silvers and dark reds.’
    • ‘Occasionally, the owner took pity on us impecunious students and gave us an offcut of something for free.’
    • ‘He also left behind a leather offcut with his name inscribed upon it, and may have owned the magnificent chamfron which was found nearby.’
    • ‘On my way out to Spilsby for bread I popped my head round the door to see how he was doing and found him cheerfully bagging up some sawdust and offcuts.’
    • ‘Layer half of the rest in the base of a fairly shallow ovenproof dish, including the offcuts.’
    • ‘Iti's paintings are generally unframed; several are rendered on irregular offcuts of canvas or black builders' paper.’
    • ‘The concrete car park is clad in black granite offcuts that are laid as coursed rubble to form a rough dark plinth to the red and white terrace above.’
    • ‘Being employed full-time at Nakara, where she displays and sells her art, she has access to offcuts that are too small for anything but her unusual application.’
    bit, section, slice, chunk, segment, lump, hunk
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