cut to the chase
Chase Chase, n. [Cf. F. chasse, fr. chasser. See {Chase}, v.] 1. Vehement pursuit for the purpose of killing or capturing, as of an enemy, or game; an earnest seeking after any object greatly desired; the act or habit of hunting; a hunt. ``This mad chase of fame.'' --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

You see this chase is hotly followed. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. That which is pursued or hunted. [1913 Webster]

Nay, Warwick, seek thee out some other chase, For I myself must hunt this deer to death. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. An open hunting ground to which game resorts, and which is private properly, thus differing from a forest, which is not private property, and from a park, which is inclosed. Sometimes written chace. [Eng.] [1913 Webster]

4. (Court Tennis) A division of the floor of a gallery, marked by a figure or otherwise; the spot where a ball falls, and between which and the dedans the adversary must drive his ball in order to gain a point. [1913 Webster]

{Chase gun} (Naut.), a cannon placed at the bow or stern of an armed vessel, and used when pursuing an enemy, or in defending the vessel when pursued.

{Chase port} (Naut.), a porthole from which a chase gun is fired.

{Stern chase} (Naut.), a chase in which the pursuing vessel follows directly in the wake of the vessel pursued.

{cut to the chase} (Film), a term used in action movies meaning, to shift the scene to the most exciting part, where someone is being chased. It is used metaphorically to mean ``get to the main point''. [1913 Webster +PJC]


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  • Cut to the chase — is a saying that means to get to the point without wasting time (originally, cut to the chaff). The phrase originated from early silent films. It was a favorite of and thought to have been coined by Hal Roach Sr (January 14, 1892 – November 2,… …   Wikipedia

  • cut to the chase — If you cut to the chase, you get to the point, or the most interesting or important part of something without delay …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • cut to the chase — phrasal : to get to the point * * * cut to the chase To get to the point • • • Main Entry: ↑cut * * * cut to the chase phrase to start dealing with the most important aspect of something rather than things that are less relevant Thesaurus: to try …   Useful english dictionary

  • cut to the chase — in. to focus on what is important; to abandon the preliminaries and deal with the major points. □ All right, let’s stop the idle chatter and cut to the chase. □ After a few introductory omments, we cut to the chase and began negotiating …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • cut to the chase — verb To get to the point; to get on with it; to state something directly. We dont have much time here. Could you cut to the chase? Syn: cut to Hecuba, get on with it, get to the point Ant: beat around the bush …   Wiktionary

  • cut to the chase —    If you cut to the chase, you get to the point, or the most interesting or important part of something without delay.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • cut to the chase — tell the exciting part, get to the point    George, please, cut to the chase. We re tired of the story already …   English idioms

  • cut to the chase — informal to talk about or deal with the important parts of a subject and not waste time with things that are not important. I didn t have long to talk to him so I cut to the chase and asked whether he was still married …   New idioms dictionary

  • Cut to the chase —   If you cut to the chase, you get to the point, or the most interesting or important part of something without delay …   Dictionary of English idioms

  • cut to the chase — Meaning Get to the point leaving out unnecessary preamble. Origin Many early films ended in chase sequences preceded by obligatory, and often dull, storylines …   Meaning and origin of phrases

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