One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Cut with care or precision; (of stone) delicately chiselled.
2Especially of tobacco: cut so as to be made fine; cut into small pieces.
3Cut down to narrow limits; made very fine or small.
Originally and chiefly US (A type of) fine-cut tobacco. Now somewhat rare.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in George Chapman (?1560–1634), poet and playwright. From fine + cut.
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