Definition of cut someone/something short in US English:

cut someone/something short

phrase

  • Interrupt someone or something; bring an abrupt or premature end to something said or done.

    ‘Peter cut him short rudely’
    • ‘Therefore his political education was cut short at precisely the point where it should have taken an important new turn.’
    • ‘The boys were out in force, of course, though unfortunately our afternoon was cut short by some uncharacteristically unfavorable weather.’
    • ‘He spent a decade in the saddle winning 123 races and piloting Brasher to victory in the 1965 Scottish Grand National before his career was cut short by a fractured skull sustained in a fall in 1966.’
    • ‘While my career was cut short, I was getting somewhere in a qualification-driven industry, by having experience instead of qualifications.’
    • ‘They played every game they were asked, and their contracts were cut short.’
    • ‘He began to tell me about whirling electrons and orthicon-tubes and other nonsense, but I cut him short with an abrupt wave.’
    • ‘The unfortunate result is that his work was cut short.’
    • ‘Meanwhile in Perth, Bridgette's long anticipated holiday with her husband was cut short as those political imperatives and the personal collided.’
    • ‘My education was cut short by an unexpected interruption of life.’
    • ‘In the end, his struggle was cut short prematurely.’
    break off, bring to a premature end, leave unfinished, shorten, truncate, curtail, terminate, end, stop, abort, bring to an untimely end
    interrupt, cut off, butt in on, break in on
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