IDIOM OF THE DAY – “cut to the chase”

Idioms are expressions whose meanings are different from the individual words and therefore aren’t meant to be taken literally. They exist in most languages and are usually the result of usage over a long period of time.

The idiom “cut to the chase” means to get to the point without wasting time on unnecessary details. It encourages someone to skip the preliminaries and focus on the most important or relevant part of the discussion or story.


The phrase originates from the early days of filmmaking, particularly in silent films. In these films, chase scenes were often the most exciting parts and what audiences eagerly anticipated. Sometimes, filmmakers would include too much boring dialogue or slow buildup before the action. “Cut to the chase” became a directive to skip the dull parts and go straight to the exciting chase scene.


  • In Conversation: “We don’t have much time, so let’s cut to the chase. What exactly do you need from us?”
  • In Writing: “After a lengthy introduction, the report finally cut to the chase and presented the key findings.”


  1. At Work: “We’ve been discussing this for an hour. Can we cut to the chase and decide on a plan of action?”
  2. In Daily Life: “I don’t have time for the full story. Just cut to the chase and tell me what happened.”


“Cut to the chase” is a useful idiom when you want to emphasize the need for brevity and directness in communication.

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