17/4/19 Cut to the chase


To cut to the chase is to get to point or to skip to the important part of something without wasting time on boring or unimportant details. In writing, people often use the phrase as a way to get to the point quickly or to prepare readers for a bold statement. It occasionally appears as a hyphenated phrasal adjective—e.g., a cut-to-the-chase speaking style—meaning direct and to the point.

The prevailing theory about the expression’s origin is that it comes from film, where to cut to the chase is to dispense with exposition and get right to the chase scene—that is, the exciting or conclusive part of the movie. It is said to be from the silent film era and to have originated in Hollywood. This theory has been reprinted endlessly and is likely true, but there´s no solid evidence to confirm it. The earliest surviving instances of the phrase in print are from well after the silent film era—and it didn’t become common until the 1980s—and there are enough obscure definitions of cut and chase to allow for many alternative theories.

Example:
Let’s cut to the chase: United are deteriorating, and Arsenal, the defending champions, are getting better.
OK, for those of you who are impatient and want to cut to the chase, here’s the scoop: No, it isn’t.





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