Definition of cut in line in English:

cut in line


North American
  • Jump the queue.

    • ‘Because they were sweet little old ladies, neither me nor the other lady said anything to them about cutting in line.’
    • ‘Southerners are the most likely to put their elbows on the table at mealtime, but they are the least likely to cut in line and the most likely to use courtesy titles.’
    • ‘Right now, you might want to be careful about cutting in line in front of a middle-aged woman.’
    • ‘A player behind them in the points race immediately cuts in line for next year by winning any single event.’
    • ‘If the guy who cuts in line sheepishly smiles and explains that he must satisfy his pregnant wife's pastry craving, lest she kill him, you will be more likely to admire, not curse, his chutzpah.’
    • ‘A person has to think twice before cutting in line at the bank, or berating an incompetent waiter.’
    • ‘And the question is, should we set up a system which encourages people to cut in line in front of millions of others to come here?’
    • ‘Perhaps we should ask ourselves why 50 years ago the top problems in America's public schools were: talking out of turn, chewing gum, making noise, running in halls, cutting in line, dress code infractions, and littering.’
    • ‘We assume our next guest won't be cutting in line either.’
    • ‘Not only that, anyone else in their party also gets to cut in line and get great seats as well.’