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Cut to the Chase

Sometimes, for whatever reason, people get lost in details - they talk about all kinds of things, perhaps even engage in unnecessary small talk, but they don’t get to the important issues which need to be discussed. These are people who find it difficult to cut to the chase. The English idiom to cut to the chase means to talk about the important and relevant things, in other words to to stop talking about unimportant and irrelevant things. Here are two sample sentences to demonstrate the use of this English idiom:

He called me into his office and, after about 30 minutes of small talk, I had to tell him to cut to the chase.
Okay, Carl. Cut to the chase. How much money do you need?

Look at these article titles using to
cut to the chase, which, in addition to people, can also refer to things:

Cut to the Chase on Jobs, Mr. President
- washingtonpost.com, September 7 2011, Courtland Milloy
Writing a Resume that Cuts to the Chase
- careersolvers.com, September 23 2011
New Restaurant Cuts to the Chase, Calls Itself Salt & Fat
- zagat.com, February 23 2011, James Mulcahy

In what situations would you prefer people to
cut to the chase?

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