Definition of power cut in English:

power cut


  • A temporary withdrawal or failure of an electrical power supply.

    • ‘Similarly, the power cut on rural domestic supply has been decreased from 10 hours to six hours.’
    • ‘There was a long rigmarole with automated telephone answering; I couldn't once speak to a human being to report the power cut.’
    • ‘The Ilkley train station ticket office was also closed during the power cut and the fare machine was out of service, but the trains continued to run on time.’
    • ‘If your report is correct, it was caused by a power cut.’
    • ‘But Canadian naval officials said the problem was electrical and had been preceded by a power cut.’
    • ‘This can mean everything from a power cut to network problems to electrical problems with the equipment.’
    • ‘It wasn't a power cut as the monitor light was still on.’
    • ‘The power cut came two weeks after a massive blackout brought the north east coast of America to its knees.’
    • ‘I suppose I'm just lucky that the clients are dimmer than painted-over lightbulbs during a power cut.’
    • ‘It is thought the clock stopped during a power cut on New Year's Eve but yesterday, five days later, the hands were still stuck at five to 11.’
    • ‘Householders were told to stay inside after toxic fumes escaped from a Shipley electronics firm last night after a power cut.’
    • ‘Around 40,000 homes and businesses across the Hyndburn and Burnley areas were affected by a power cut in the early hours of today.’
    • ‘Two workers were rushed to hospital with burns after cutting through a power cable and causing a power cut in the town centre.’
    • ‘Not last night, but the night before, we had a power cut.’
    • ‘In Burnley, homes and businesses were briefly left without electricity after a power cut.’
    • ‘Not every shop affected by the power cut had to close.’
    • ‘The Wednesday power cut is likely to be only the first of many as the state braces itself for the summer, when a legion of air conditioners is switched on.’
    • ‘Internet voice calling doesn't have its own power supply, meaning no service in a power cut.’
    • ‘An elderly woman who was left without electricity for more than 16 hours following a power cut has said she fears for her life in case it happens again.’
    • ‘If you live outside the UK you may be unaware that London suffered a power cut last night paralysing most of the Tube and all rail lines in South London.’


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