One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(of a motor or engine) suddenly stop operating.
stop working, cease to function, stop, fail, give outView synonyms
- ‘Most probably because of electrical problems, the engine then started cutting out.’
- ‘He was almost a leg in front of the Listers when his engine cut out and he was left dead in the water.’
- ‘Witnesses told police they heard the plane in trouble with its engine spluttering and cutting out moments before the impact with the ground.’
- ‘Now, what happens when the engine cuts out at altitude?’
- ‘I'm afraid the engine just cuts out at a certain point.’
- ‘The engine cuts out when you get inverted and the airplane is just not aerodynamically suited for that kind of maneuver.’
- ‘When the vehicle comes to rest - at traffic lights, for instance - the engine cuts out.’
- ‘Dilger said that he could remember little of the accident, only that his engine had cut out and that the brakes had failed.’
- ‘The doodlebug's flaming engine cut out and it turned to glide in our direction.’
- ‘Even though Ground wanted me to stay up, I knew I could not for long as the engines started cutting out rapidly from fuel starvation.’
2North American informal (of a person) leave quickly, especially so as to avoid a boring or awkward situation.
leave, depart, take one's leave, take oneself off, go away, go off, withdraw, absent oneself, say one's goodbyes, quit, make an exit, exitView synonyms
- ‘Bush is cutting out of the summit early, and he's made clear that he expects us all to get along under an American vision of how we should go forward.’
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