Your boss likes to talk a lot. You wanted to leave work earlier today but he started to tell you a long story. It was so long that you couldn't listen to all of it, so you interrupted him. Now you're at home and telling your girlfriend about this. You say:
I finally had to just cut him off.
The word "finally" describes something that happens after you've been waiting for it a long time. It expresses the idea that something was very late or too late.
Here are some verbs that often follow "finally":
- finally got (something)
I finally got to meet her husband.
So you finally got a smartphone, huh?
- finally decided (something)
So after a few months of talking about it, we finally decided to just go for it and start our business.
- finally managed to (do something)
I finally managed to figure out where they were.
To "cut someone off" means to interrupt them while they're speaking. "Interrupting" someone is more general. You can interrupt someone watching a TV show. But "cut ___ off" is used specifically to talk about interrupting someone's speaking. You can "cut off" just a single sentence or an entire story or conversation:
Why do you always cut me off like that when I'm talking?
Sorry, I'm going to have to cut you off there. I've got to run.
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