Catch Word #27 – Cut to the Chase

When someone is telling you a story with a lot of little details and you want them to get to the main point, you can say cut to the chase. This expression is used with friends when you want them to cut to the most interesting part of the story. You are too excited to wait! Check out the examples in this episode, and the other expression we mention that can be used in the same way.

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Expressions included in the learning materialscutothechase

  • To cut to the chase
  • (To stop) beating around the bush
  • To take it for a spin around the block
  • Along the way
  • I have no idea/I have no clue
  • Build up
  • Climax
  • Paycheque
  • What is going on?
  • That does it

Sample transcript

Robin: So, for example…Hey Maura, you know I borrowed your car yesterday?
Maura: Oh yeah, yeah.
Robin: Yeah and I took it for a spin around the block and I went up north and I came back.
Maura: Ok?
Robin: It’s a really good car but along the way I started noticing some problems.
Maura: Ok? Cut to the chase. Robin, what are you trying to say?
Robin: Oh, I broke your car!

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