cut short


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Synonyms for cut short

interrupt before its natural or planned end

cause to end earlier than intended

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make shorter as if by cutting off

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terminate or abbreviate before its intended or proper end or its full extent

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All things considered, monstrous as it was to be cut short in his inquiries, the old gentleman submitted, pocketed the change, and followed his son into the dining-room.
He commenced a passionate protestation of the truth and fervour of his attachment, which I cut short by another question:-
The existence of these two together would soon have become impossible; but an unforseen event cut short their everlasting discussions.
The king cut short the conversation by a fresh question.
He was so good and so anxious to learn, and flushed so pink, that his education was cut short, and he was left to his own devices by every one except the Senior Subaltern, who continued to make life a burden to The Worm.
He came home with his heart full of hope, to find some peace, some comfort, and instead--" She put her hand to her throat, and a choking sob cut short the sentence.
Oh, you, madame," the cardinal hastened to say, in order to cut short the explanation he foresaw was coming, "with regard to you, that is another thing.
My words were cut short by a crash outside, and a simultaneous crash inside me, which impelled me through space with a velocity that precluded speech.
Such hair as he had was of a grizzled black, cut short and straight upon his temples, and hanging in a frowzy fringe about his ears.
The emphatic horse, cut short by the whip in a most decided negative, made a decided scramble for it, and the three other horses followed suit.
Further speculation was suddenly cut short by the faint report of two shots far ahead of me.
Commissary Mifroid shared their view; and the magistrate would certainly have cut short the incoherent narrative if circumstances had not taken it upon themselves to interrupt it.
They had not the strength to address their thanks to the king, who himself cut short their solemn reverences by entrenching himself suddenly behind the
That was an awful thought; but even as I hoped against hope, and rang once more, speculation and suspense were cut short in the last fashion to be foreseen.
As she spoke, Jo took off her bonnet, and a general outcry arose, for all her abundant hair was cut short.