cut short


  • WordNet 3.6
    • v cut short terminate or abbreviate before its intended or proper end or its full extent "My speech was cut short","Personal freedom is curtailed in many countries"
    • v cut short make shorter as if by cutting off "truncate a word","Erosion has truncated the ridges of the mountains"
    • v cut short interrupt before its natural or planned end "We had to cut short our vacation"
    • v cut short cause to end earlier than intended "The spontaneous applause cut the singer short"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: People still cut the cheese shortly after death
    • Cut short to abridge: check
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  • John B. S. Haldane
    John B. S. Haldane
    “Until politics are a branch of science we shall do well to regard political and social reforms as experiments rather than short-cuts to the millennium.”
  • Anne Cumming
    Anne Cumming
    “Sex is a short cut to everything.”
  • Roger Staubach
    Roger Staubach
    “Nothing good comes in life or athletics unless a lot of hard work has preceded the effort. Only temporary success is achieved by taking short cuts.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “Wickedness is always easier than virtue, for it takes a short cut to everything.”


Cut a long story short - This idiom is used as a way of shortening a story by getting to to the end or the point.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. W. cwtau, shorten.


In literature:

The passage was cut short by a glass door, but a narrow staircase descended to the left.
"Post Haste" by R.M. Ballantyne
There is no doubt that this ostrich would have reached a healthy maturity if its career had not been cut short by a hyena.
"The Settler and the Savage" by R.M. Ballantyne
Indeed, he saw them ride away in that direction soon afterwards, and started off to forestall them if possible by taking a short cut.
"Hunted and Harried" by R.M. Ballantyne
Happily, the interview was cut short by the entrance of Mr. Fullerton.
"The Daughters of Danaus" by Mona Caird
Passing one of these, Richard Cleave cut short some bewailing on the part of the ring about it.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
This hospitable openness was a fortunate thing for the traveling public, affording as it did a short cut to town.
"The Wrong Woman" by Charles D. Stewart
Foyle cut him short now and again as he rambled on with a question.
"The Grell Mystery" by Frank Froest
The gully itself, though daunting at first sight, gave, in fact, a short cut down to the meadows above Cleeve Court, easy and moderately safe.
"Two Sides of the Face" by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
Some friends concerned at this cutting short of my career pressed him to send me off once again.
"My Reminiscences" by Rabindranath Tagore
His search was cut short by the return of Carmena.
"Bloom of Cactus" by Robert Ames Bennet

In poetry:

Cut short,
I will not vanish into the skies;
No end to
The loathsome, hurtful world to which
I am returning.
"Cut short," by Ise
I long for your hug and kiss,
I want the wine that will bliss.
Let me cut the story short,
Please return, cause you I miss.
"Rubaiyat 29" by Shams al-Din Hafiz
The trousers are short;
They belonged to Bob
Before he had got his growth;
But John's no snob,
And, unlike Bob,
Cuts his legs to the length of his cloth.
"John S. Crow" by Clara Doty Bates
His speech was cut short by a general dismay;
For William the Second had fainted away,
At the smell of some New Forest venison before him;
But a tweak on the nose, Arthur said, would restore him.
"The Round Table or, King Arthur's Feast" by Thomas Love Peacock
Beautifu sun that rises, his work not forgotten,
And completes it, most beautifully in summer, when a day
Evaporates on the coast, and effortlessly mirrored the sails
Pass through your sight, till you tire and cut short the last.
"To The Sun" by Ingeborg Bachmann
Now then, old boys, and reverend youth, of high or low degree,
Remember how we only get one annual out of three,
And such as dare to simmer down three dinners into one
Must cut their salads mighty short, and pepper well with fun.
"Meeting Of The Alumni Of Harvard College" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

The Raider golf match at home on Thursday was cut short because of the wet weather.
Ravenwood's Robble has season cut short , does not see same for her team.
The view in driver's mirror was of young Hamilton man whose life was cut short .
Life of Fiery Rapper Lisa Lopes Tragically Cut Short .
Treasury oversight of Solyndra loan was cut short .
Thunderstorms cut the Bluffton Relay for Life short, but organizers were still pleased with the results.
Cameron's Historic Dive Cut Short by Leak.
The audience at last night's (Feb. Stop on the In Flames and Trivium tour missed out on seeing the full experience, due to a bomb threat that forced In Flames to cut their set short before completing their final song of the show.
Article "Celebrations Cut Short " Is Not Available At This Time.
Orion's playoffs cut short .
Short cut to tender red curry-glazed pork.
Cyclist 's journey cut short in Santa Fe.
The tight economy has some schools offering a short-cut to a bachelor's degree .
Definitive diagnosis requires referral to a specialist for an electroretinogram (ERG), so Isaac's owner cut his trip short and came back to take his boy to the ophthalmologist and neurologist.
If they cut ties with aging middle linebacker next season, he may be more difficult to replace then than in short term now.

In science:

We will make short the sequence step by step by applying the process of ”cutting” or ”unfolding”.
Limit theorems for open quantum random walks
At T = 0 we have a sharp cut-off at Jmax = 1 (18), at finite T , P (JL ) has a fast decay which depends on the fluctuations of V (x) at a short length scale close to the origin x = 0.
Anomalous fluctuations of currents in Sinai-type random chains with strongly correlated disorder
In this short exposition, we present a lower bound method for Tree-like Cutting Planes proofs, without restriction on the size of coefficients in the proof.
On Lower Bound Methods for Tree-like Cutting Plane Proofs
We want to cut-off both long and short wave-length contributions.
A Remark on Conformal Anomaly and Extrinsic Geometry of Random Surfaces
In this short paper we discuss how the position - scale half-space ofwavelet analysis may be cut into different regions.
Some directional microlocal classes defined using wavelet transforms