Cut to the Chase

Welcome to English in a Minute, where we teach you all about idioms in American English.

If you have ever heard of American English before you may have heard this: cut to the chase.

What does this mean? Let's find out by listening to an American English conversation.

A: Stop with all the details and cut to the chase. What university are you attending in the fall?
B: I am going to Syracuse!
A: That's great! congratulations!

Cut to the chase means to say what is important without delay or just leave out all the unnecessary details and get right to the point! It's sort of like saying, I just want the important information! right NOW!

You can use this expression in any situation and everybody in American will understand you.

And that's English in a Minute.