comb cut

plumb cut, ridge cut

A cut in a vertical plane, as the cut on a rafter where it butts vertically against a ridgeboard.
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Tulliver, not without a particular reason, had abstained from a seventh recital of the cool retort by which Riley had shown himself too many for Dix, and how Wakem had had his comb cut for once in his life, now the business of the dam had been settled by arbitration, and how there never would have been any dispute at all about the height of water if everybody was what they should be, and Old Harry hadn't made the lawyers.
A rooster's comb cuts through the water as it chases the bait.