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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So Dons owner Pete Winkelman cut them off at the pass. Seeking out the Premier League talent-spotters who had congregated at the Dons on match day, he issued the friendliest of 'hands off' warnings with a sting in the tail: it will cost "millions and millions" to prise heavyweight contender Alli from them.
Now the intention for me is to get in there, to cut them off at the pass," said Joseph.
To counter this Blanche said she would often, "get there first and be really funny and cut them off at the pass".