cutting off

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Noun1.cutting off - the act of cutting something offcutting off - the act of cutting something off  
remotion, removal - the act of removing; "he had surgery for the removal of a malignancy"
circumcision - the act of circumcising; surgical removal of the foreskin of males
2.cutting off - the act of shortening something by chopping off the ends; "the barber gave him a good cut"
shortening - act of decreasing in length; "the dress needs shortening"
snip, clipping, clip - the act of clipping or snipping
haircut - the act of cutting the hair
clipping, trimming, trim - cutting down to the desired size or shape
shearing - removing by cutting off or clipping
References in classic literature ?
Now look, for instance, at the way they serve dogs, cutting off their tails to make them look plucky, and shearing up their pretty little ears to a point to make them both look sharp, forsooth.
The Americans should not be cutting off Baghdad's arms, legs, head, etc.