Cut to the Chase

Just the other day, I found myself telling someone to Cut to the Chase. This is another of those Americanisms relating to doing things quickly. Asking someone to Cut to the Chase is very similar to asking them what is The Bottom Line.

It means to quit rambling on with endless details or background and to get to the point. Skip the dull bits, and get to the action. It comes from film editing where a director or producer's note might be to cut to the (car) chase.

From The Italian Job, 1969

It's one of my favorites.  I use it all the time ... just not always out loud. ;)

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