Meaning of cut and paste in English:

cut and paste

(also cut-and-paste)

Pronunciation /ˌkʌt ən ˈpeɪst/

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noun

mass noun
  • A combination of the functions ‘cut’ and ‘paste’, by which text or data is moved from one place in an electronic document or computer system to another.

    ‘images can be imported using cut and paste’
    • ‘I've been blogging since April 2004, the earlier entries on my blog being cut and paste from long emails I sent to my friends.’
    • ‘Try keeping an online journal (write it up offline and then cut and paste, since your online access is limited).’
    • ‘So, now, all the people reading the story will simply cut and paste or simply type the URL into their browser window - making the whole point of the ban entirely meaningless.’
    • ‘Alternatively, cut and paste text into your word-processing software and print from there.’
    • ‘Moreover, it should support copy, cut and paste, undo and redo.’
    • ‘Imagine if I'd told him that an axe and wallpaper paste was the best way to perform a cut and paste!’
    • ‘The interesting thing for us was the amount of plagiarism between the news sites, there were several errors that got propagated by cut and paste.’
    • ‘Then send me an e-mail with a link to your blog entry or cut and paste of your write-up (for non-bloggers).’
    • ‘I even have a reply which I cut and paste to people.’
    • ‘This makes signatures and encryption in plain text, so it is easy to mail, print and cut and paste.’

verb

[with object]
  • Move (text or data) from one place in an electronic document or computer system to another via the cut and paste functions.

    ‘you can cut and paste this paragraph if you want to’
    • ‘This is actually kind of ironic since I first read it in the print edition but cut and pasted the text from the online edition.’
    • ‘The above is cut and pasted from the story as it presently stands.’
    • ‘I'm happy to talk, but you have to show your face, not just regurgitate something you cut and pasted from some source.’
    • ‘Remember when e-mailed URLs had to be cut and pasted into a Web browser?’
    • ‘The letter was cut and pasted directly from the email.’

adjective

  • 1Relating to a process in which text or data is moved from one place in an electronic document or computer system to another via the cut and paste functions.

    • ‘a computer's cut-and-paste function’
  • 2Assembled quickly from various different sources.

    ‘the manuscript was a cut-and-paste job from the author's doctoral dissertation’
    • ‘cut-and-paste policy documents’