cut something 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 something ˈshort

make something end before the natural time; interrupt something: We’ll have to cut our stay short, I’m afraid. My husband’s father is seriously ill.Our conversation was cut short by the arrival of the teacher.
See also: cut, short, something
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At least when he was on the piste he didn't go the same way as the head of a certain significant competitor who, a Whitehall source tells me, is still unable to frequent his favourite Hertfordshire line-dancing dub due to injuries sustained as he cut something short of a dash on the Austrian slopes this year.