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cut to the chase

slang To reach the most important points quickly. This phrase is often used as an imperative. Come on, cut to the chase already—what exactly are you trying to ask me? I'm a very busy woman, so I need an assistant who can cut to the chase.
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cut to the chase

Sl. to focus on what is important; to abandon the preliminaries and deal with the major points. All right, let's stop the idle chatter and cut to the chase. After a few introductory comments, we cut to the chase and began negotiating.
See also: chase, cut

cut to the chase

Get to the point, get on with it, as in We don't have time to go into that, so let's cut to the chase. This usage alludes to editing (cutting) film so as to get to the exciting chase scene in a motion picture. [Slang; 1920s]
See also: chase, cut

cut to the chase

If you cut to the chase, you start talking about or dealing with what is really important, instead of less important things. I'll cut to the chase — we just don't have enough money for the project. Solo cut to the chase: `Well, it looks like there is nothing here for me so I'm going to fly back home.' Note: In films, when one scene ends and another begins the action is said to `cut' from one scene to the next. If a film `cuts to the chase', it moves on to a car chase scene. This expression compares the important matters to be discussed or dealt with to the exciting action in a film, such as car chases.
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cut to the chase

come to the point. North American informal
In this idiom, cut is being used in the cinematographic sense ‘move to another shot in a film’. Chase scenes are a particularly exciting feature of some films, and the idiom expresses the idea of ignoring any preliminaries and coming immediately to the most important part.
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cut to the ˈchase

(informal, especially American English) stop wasting time and do or say the important things that need to be done or said: Let’s cut to the chase. How much is it going to cost me?
A film/movie often cuts (= changes) from a slow scene to a more exciting one, such as a car chase, to keep the audience interested.
See also: chase, cut

cut to the chase

in. to focus on what is important; to abandon the preliminaries and deal with the major points. After a few introductory comments, we cut to the chase and began negotiating.
See also: chase, cut

cut to the chase

To get to the matter at hand.
See also: chase, cut

cut to the chase

Get on with it, get to the point. This phrase, often an imperative, comes from the film industry of the 1920s, where it means to edit (“cut”) film so as to get to an exciting chase sequence, an intrinsic part of many early movies. It gradually became more general in meaning, as in “She went on and on about her vacation, until I told her to cut to the chase and tell us where she stayed.”
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One newspaperman tried his best to elicit an answer from Black but, mindful of the pre-gathering request, went about it in such a long-winded way that, to great laughter, Blues' press officer Andy Maxey eventually stepped in and cut to the chase for him.
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LET'S just cut to the chase. The first 100 pages of this book are hardly worth the effort.
I will spare your readers any of that and cut to the chase.
Why not just cut to the chase and ship everybody who hits age sixty-five to the Aleutian Islands and set them out on ice floes armed with nothing more than blankets, matches, and pointy sticks?
But, to cut to the chase, I asked the following: Has the promised PS130m arrived yet?
AYE AYE SAY Keith joins crew of Rona II CRUISE CONTROL One of the 45 vessels taking part in the festival CUT TO THE CHASE Keith Duffy with Dublin Mayor Naoise O'Muiri, Cmdr Aedh McGinn and Tall Ships director Mary Weir DECKED OUT Keith with Peta Koczy & Hannah McAllister BIG DRAW Amerigo Vespucci is the largest in the fleet LIFT OFF East Link Bridge is raised to let ships dock RIG AND SMALL Crew are dwarfed by the masts SAIL AWAY Tall Ships arrive in Dublin yesterday
Janet Devlin and Misha B are so far ahead of the rest of the pack that if it wouldn't probably sink our whole economy, I'd say we should cut to the chase now and vote for the winner.
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The length means that for all but the most die-hard supporters it is tempting to cut to the chase and look up the index for the key names associated with his presidency.
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So this time, IAEm just going to cut to the chase and demand an epidural.