THE ACT OF CUTTING By Lanfranco AcetiAuthor / January 2, 2013 /In Art Research, Art Theory / No CommentsLast Update January 2, 2013 / NIMK IS DEAD THOSE USELESS ARTS Act of cutting. From the Oxford Dictionary online. 1. lit. 1808 Cobbett’s Weekly Polit. Reg. 25 June 997 The speech is all whet and no cut. It is merely flummery. 1841 J. W. Loudon Ladies’ Compan. Flower Garden (ed. 9) 81 The shoot should be cut off with what gardeners call a clean cut.