Cut Off

Cut Off

Infinitive: Cut Off
Present Tense: Cut Off/ Cuts Off
-ing Form: Cutting Off
Past Tense: Cut Off
Past Participle: Cut Off
It is a separable phrasal verb that can
be used in six ways
  1. 1

    To completely remove or separate a part of something by cutting it with something sharp like a knife or a pair of scissors, etc.

    During the medieval period, the executioners cut a person's head off when proven guilty of a crime.
    I want to cut off the hem of the skirt and make it shorter.

  2. 2

    To stop the flow or supply of something.

    If my dad finds out that I'm skipping my classes, he's gonna cut off my allowance.
    The bartender cut the man off from drinking anymore alcohol.

  3. 3

    When someone's connection over the phone is accidentally disconnected.

    Sandy was still talking to her daughter on the phone when suddenly they got cut off.
    I'm running out of battery, so don't be surprised if the line cuts off.

  4. 4

    To prevent someone from continuing while they are speaking.

    Don't you just hate it when someone cuts you off when you're explaining something.
    Please don't cut me off while I am talking.

  5. 5

    To abruptly get in front of another vehicle while driving.

    The driver was in a hurry to get his pregnant wife to the hospital, so he had to cut off a lot of people along the way.
    Cutting off other vehicles on the road is dangerous.

  6. 6

    To stop having a relationship with someone.

    Stella has a nasty habit of cutting people off by not talking to them for weeks at a time.
    Mike had to cut off his friends when he realized they were a bad influence.

Cut Off
  1. I swear if you keep _____ people ___ like that, we're gonna get stopped by the police, or even worse, have an accident.
  2. My dad always _____ me ____ when I'm trying to explain my side of the story.
  3. The clubs _____ ____ serving drinks at 1:30 AM.
  4. My phone ____ us ____ right when we were in the middle of an important conversation.
  5. Learn who to ____ ____ and who not to ____ ____.

Listen for the phrasal verb Cut Off in the video clip from the movie Transformers

  1. At 1900 local time yesterday the SOCCENT Forward Operations base in Qatar was attacked. So far as we know, there were no survivors. The objective of the attack was to hack our military network. We're not sure exactly what they're after, but we do know that they were _____ ___ during the assault, which would lead us to assume that they're going to try it again. Now, no one's taken responsibility for the attack, and the only real lead we have so far is this sound. That's the signal that hacked our network.
  2. What was the dialogue about?

Change the sentences above into questions, then change them into negatives.

  • I swear if you keep cutting people off like that, we’re gonna get stopped by the police, or even worse, have an accident.
    My dad always cut me off when I’m trying to explain my side of the story.
    The clubs cut off serving drinks at 1:30 AM.
    My phone cut us off right when we were in the middle of an important conversation.
    Learn who to cut off and who not to cut off.

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