Cut To The Chase

By Sharon

Cut to the chase is a common expression, meaning get to the point. It’s an exhortation to omit flowery phrases and unnecessary preamble and focus on the core issue. This expression first appeared in newspapers in the 1940s, though it has an older origin in the American film industry.

In the era of silent film, a romantic love story often ended in a thrilling chase sequence, which was the most exciting part of the film. At that time ‘cut to chase’ was a script direction indicating that the chase was next in the sequence of events. One example cited is in the novel Hollywood Girl by Joseph McEvoy, where a character gives the script direction: ‘Jannings escapes; cut to chase’.

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1 Response to “Cut To The Chase”

  • yasir

    being not native speaker, i feel so perpelxed while speaking english , i dont know why, althoug i have good gramatical concept plz let me know how i can get rid of it becasue i am so upset how this thing get rid of my way

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