Definition of cut someone off in English:

cut someone off

phrasal verb

  • 1Interrupt someone while they are speaking.

    ‘he cut her off and went on to another subject’
    • ‘Nash was about to say something to her, but she cut him off, ‘Stop pretending to be blind and ignorant!’’
    • ‘I've got to cut you off for one second, because we have breaking news in Kabul.’
    • ‘The question that I would raise, and I've got to cut you off because we need to get a break, is how much the media should go along with it.’
    • ‘‘Wait a minute,’ Matt cut her off, sounding serious now.’
    • ‘He was clearly fearful of her debating strengths and had, evidently, rehearsed cutting her off and interrupting at every chance.’
    • ‘And I will be insufferable here and cut you off, take a break.’
    • ‘She felt bad to stop him and cut him off when she should be listening but it hurt her so much to hear about Courtney.’
    • ‘I cut her off, waving my hands to stop her before she went to far.’
    • ‘‘Excuse me, guys,’ a soft soprano broke into his monologue, cutting him off.’
    • ‘‘No buts,’ Burke cut him off and disconnected the line, another of his trademark moves.’
    1. 1.1 Interrupt someone during a telephone call by breaking the connection.
      ‘I listened to pre-recorded messages for twenty-three minutes before being cut off’
      • ‘Now, I am anxious not to cut you off, but from time to time I may interrupt you to try to make sure that I grasp the point that you are advancing and, in effect, play it back to you to make sure that I understand what you are trying to tell me.’
      • ‘The machine cut her off then (thank god) the whirring stopped.’
      • ‘After three minutes with the automated operator the Yorkshire Post was cut off at 11.17 am yesterday with the message: ‘I'm sorry our operators are busy.’’
      interrupt, cut off, butt in on, break in on
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  • 2Prevent someone from receiving or being provided with something, especially power or water.

    ‘consumers may be cut off for non-payment’
    • ‘Our water was cut off and our houses were pulled down.’
    • ‘So when it's dry I get water, but when it rains I am cut off?’
    • ‘At times in my community, they have a bill for less than $100, and their power is cut off.’
    • ‘We came home from work on July 3 to discover our telephone had been cut off and BT engineers had erected a new telegraph pole a few metres from our home on the green.’
    • ‘Because we were still connected to the sewer we did pay that part of the account, but we never paid for water - after all they could hardly cut us off (the usual punishment for recalcitrants) if we were not connected.’
    • ‘The Psychic Friends Network just cut me off for nonpayment.’
    • ‘Two years ago, she says, her electricity was cut off when she couldn't pay the bill.’
    • ‘A truce appeared to have been reached this week between authorities and Roma who rioted in Plovdiv after their electricity was cut off for non-payment, but a long-term solution remains to be achieved.’
    • ‘Hall has been living without electricity, gas or water in the flat for nearly a week after they were cut off on the orders of police.’
    • ‘Some residents are illegally reconnecting their water supplies after they were cut off by the council due to non-payment, municipal finance director Brian Shepherd said in a report tabled before a council meeting.’
    discontinue, break off, disconnect, interrupt, suspend
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  • 3Reject someone as one's heir; disinherit someone.

    ‘Gabrielle's family cut her off without a penny’
    • ‘If he takes it I get nothing and I am cut off from any inheritance and practically disowned as their son.’
    • ‘With that, Lear cuts Cordelia off, deciding she will receive none of the entitlement.’
    • ‘Now you fix this situation and you do it quickly or so help me, I'll cut you off without a penny.’
    • ‘Well maybe I wouldn't have to work here if you hadn't cut me off without a penny!’
    • ‘I never thought your parents would totally cut you off and disown you.’
    • ‘So after the Gulf War they cut him off without a penny.’
    disinherit, disown, repudiate, reject, have nothing more to do with, have done with, wash one's hands of
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  • 4Prevent someone from having access to somewhere or someone; isolate someone from something they previously had connections with.

    ‘the couple were cut off by a fast-moving tide’
    • ‘By the fifteenth century in England, even the regular clergy were rarely so tightly cloistered as to cut them off from social relations.’
    • ‘Or does it cut you off from sources of internal worth, isolate you, and sabotage your health?’
    • ‘The government crackdown on trafficking and use of drugs is driving the users underground, cutting them off from treatment and services needed to prevent HIV, she said.’
    • ‘But this isolation cuts them off from social networks and cultural capital that are indispensable for survival and success at all levels of the workplace.’
    • ‘We warn communities not to try to cross the rivers but to stay at home even though they have been cut off and have no access to basic needs.’
    • ‘Internet gambling, which already occurs in New Zealand, cannot be prevented without cutting New Zealand off electronically from the rest of the world.’
    • ‘The jewel-like secrecy and interiority of man's consciousness cuts him off from valuable social exchange and isolates and starves him.’
    • ‘Although he had stepped down from the editorship, his supervisors at the Smithsonian took away his office, made him turn in his keys, and cut him off from access to the collections he needs for his research.’
    • ‘Profound sin tends to cut you off from reality.’
    • ‘She said that the electricity supply to her home had been cut off as well as the gas, and the family would not be able to return home until these had been restored and the heating could be put back on.’
    • ‘Traffic along 16th Ave was very backed up and congested as access to Memorial Drive was cut off.’
    isolate, separate, keep apart, keep away
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