On-the-cutting-room-floor meaning

(idiomatic) Not included in the finalized version of something; deliberately rejected or unintentionally overlooked.

The experimental broccoli ice cream flavor was left on the cutting room floor after market research.

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Origin of on-the-cutting-room-floor

  • From the earliest film-editing process, which involved manually removing (cutting) unwanted scenes, leaving the film scraps on the floor of the room used for editing (the cutting room).

    From Wiktionary