Cut Short

is to shorten. “Cut short all intermission” (Macbeth, iv. 3). To cut it short means to bring to an end what you are doing or saying.

His life was cut short.
He died prematurely. The allusion is to Atropos, one of the three Parcæ cutting the thread of life span by her sister Clotho.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

More on Cut Short from Fact Monster:

  • Roy Campanella - Roy Campanella Born: Nov. 19, 1921 Baseball C 3-time NL MVP (1951,53,55); led Brooklyn to 5 ...
  • Jeff Buckley - Jeff Buckley singer, songwriter Born: 11/17/1966 Son of songwriter Tim Buckley, he played guitar ...
  • Abu Qir - Abu Qir Abu Qir or Abukir, village, N Egypt, on a promontory in the Nile River delta. Admiral ...
  • Eva Hesse - Hesse, Eva Hesse, Eva , 1936–70, American sculptor, b. Hamburg, Germany. Hesse's ...
  • Lord William George Frederick Cavendish Bentinck - Bentinck, Lord William George Frederick Cavendish Bentinck, Lord William George Frederick ...

Related Content