cut (one) off at the pass

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cut (one) off at the pass

To keep one from doing something (that usually involves an escape). Jeremy has been acting suspicious, so he's probably going to try to sneak out tonight, but I'm going to cut him off at the pass.
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cut someone off at the pass

Fig. to block someone's effort to get away; to thwart someone's efforts. They are ahead now, but we'll cut them off at the pass. Try to cut off the bandits at the pass!
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Can anyone on this planet who believes in God and an afterlife believe someone in hell can protest to God that he didn't have time to repent, as those capital punishment fanatics cut him off at the pass?
Reinfeld cut him off at the pass by asking, "Meyer, is your wife your best friend?" The man began hemming and hawing and wouldn't give a direct answer.
Just when the love story is beginning, Luo Changyu is suddenly ordered to leave, prompting one of the movie's most magical sequences, in which Zhao Di runs hither and yon with a bowl of his favorite steamed dumplings as she tries to cut him off at the pass.