Meaning of cut-and-cover

cut-and-cov•er

Pronunciation: (kut'n-kuv'ur), [key]
— n.
  1. a method for digging a tunnel, laying pipe, etc., by cutting a trench, constructing the tunnel or laying the pipe in it, and covering with the excavated material.
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