cut somebody short

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 somebody ˈshort

stop somebody speaking: She was just about to say who had got the job, but I cut her short and asked her to keep it secret.
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