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cut (someone or something) short

1. To interrupt someone so that they stop talking. I was sick of listening to her story so I finally cut her short.
2. To end something unexpectedly or abruptly before its planned conclusion. No one was disappointed when the principal's microphone came unplugged, cutting his speech short.
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cut short

Abbreviate, stop abruptly, as in The thunderstorm cut short our picnic, or She cut her short, saying she'd already heard the story of their breakup. Shakespeare used this term to mean "put a sudden end to someone's life": "Rather than bloody war shall cut them short" ( 2 Henry VI, 4:4), a less common usage today. The broader usage dates from the mid-1600s.
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cut short

To stop before the end; abbreviate.
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But his tenure was cut short in 1993 by the then President Gulam Ishaq Khan on corruption charges.
Event organisers Loose Cannon wrote a brief statement on their Facebook page, which read: "This evening's performance with Tom Jones was unexpectedly cut short as a result of an unforeseen major technical issue.
President Sisi's office said in a statement that the Egyptian leader had decided to cut short his participation after attending the opening session and return to Cairo to follow-up the situation.
Eddie previously admitted he and Hannah, who wed on December 15, were forced to cut short their original honeymoon to attend the Golden Globes this month, where he won the Best Actor in a Drama prize.
Manhas missed what would have been his 26th first- classcentury, but pacer Basant Mohanty cut short his innings by castling him.
We wanted the memorial to be artistic, but more importantly to be a place of remembrance and emotion, when people think of the sacrifice that ordinary soldiers made, lives cut short.
Rashtrapati Bhavan sources said that since the organisers of the event at Ara had cancelled the program and informed the president's office of the same, the president revised his schedule and cut short his visit to Bihar by a day, and return on the evening of October 26 itself.
Proposing a resolution at the conference, Ms Hulme said: I am genuinely concerned that our children are growing up too quickly and that for many, childhood is being cut short.
President Barack Obama cut short his holiday and was returning to Washington today as no deal appeared in sight to avoid the year-end "fiscal cliff" of higher taxes and deep spending cuts that could spin the still-fragile back into a recession.
Summary: LONDON - Oil rose in New York for the first time in three days as President Barack Obama will cut short his vacation for talks to avert spending cuts and tax increases.
Summary: Brit Awards organisers have apologised to Adele after she was unceremoniously forced to cut short her acceptance speech.
Maliki had pointed out in a previous time his intention to "cut short his cabinet," after the end of the 100-day period, in the event of the appearance of some undermining in the cabinet's structure, saying: "I shall demand to cut short the cabinet and the merger of some ministries with other ministries," pointing out to the "existence of some misunderstanding in the shareholding concept in his cabinet.
Lou Gehrig's disease cut short the career of a baseball icon and has cut short the lives of thousands since.
PRESTATYN'S brief encounter with the Welsh Cup was cut short by three-times past winners Brymbo as the North Wales League club won by 90 runs at Beach Close, writes Mike McEvoy.
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