a. An inclined trough, passage, or channel through or down which things may pass.
b. A narrow, usually fenced passage for horses or cattle.
c. A usually straight extension of one side of an oval racetrack, used to start certain longer races so that the finish line can be kept on a straightaway in front of the stands or clubhouse.
d. A gated stall that is used to hold and release animals into an open area, especially horses and steers being ridden in a rodeo.
2. A waterfall or rapid.
3. A parachute.
v. chut·ed, chut·ing, chutes
To convey or deposit by a chute.
To go or descend by a chute.
out of the chute
At the very beginning; right away: Sales were strong right out of the chute.
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