cut short

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cut short (third-person singular simple present cuts short, present participle cutting short, simple past and past participle cut short)

  1. Used other than as an idiom: see cut,‎ short.
  2. (idiomatic) To interrupt or curtail before the planned end time.
    The party was cut short because everything was getting broken.
    • 2012 August 21, Pilkington, Ed, “Death penalty on trial: should Reggie Clemons live or die?”, in The Guardian[1]:
      The Reggie Clemons case has been a cause of legal dispute for the past two decades. Prosecutors alleged that he and his co-defendants brutally cut short the lives of Julie and Robin Kerry, sisters who had just started college and had their whole adult lives ahead of them.

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