Meaning of cut to the chase in English:

cut to the chase


informal North American
  • Come to the point.

    • ‘cut to the chase—what is it you want us to do?’
    • ‘In a way, I feel like this is cutting to the chase by recording the sounds the world is making in the first place.’
    • ‘King cut to the chase: ‘Would he be inclined to watch this program?’’
    • ‘I've suggested that we just cut to the chase here - a little sprinkle of water on her forehead, a couple bars hummed, turn out the lights, put her down, then pick her up.’
    • ‘At some point I just decided to cut to the chase, stop dithering, and do what it seemed like I was forcing myself to do: have the sanctioned cigarette.’
    • ‘But ultimately, the case - to cut to the chase - was dismissed, a summary judgment by a California judge.’
    • ‘Let's get past the who-knows-what show and cut to the chase.’
    • ‘Whenever somebody argues with you, always cut to the chase.’
    • ‘I'll go back and read that material later but, first time through, I cut to the chase and I'll bet I'm not the only one.’
    • ‘I'll cut to the chase here: Finally, I reach a gent who figures out the problem.’
    • ‘Slightly disappointed in my unwitting deception, he cut to the chase.’


    Cut in the sense ‘move to another part of the film’, expressing the notion of ignoring any preliminaries.