cut in Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

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cut in

phrasal verb with cut uk   us   /kʌt/ verb (present participle cutting, past tense and past participle cut)


to ​interrupt what someone is saying by saying something yourself: I was just ​talking to Jan, when Dave ​cut in (on us/​ourconversation).


to make a ​suddensidewaysmovement in ​order to ​positionyourcar in ​front of another ​car, not ​leaving a ​safedistance between the two ​vehicles: Did you ​see that ​whitecarcut in (on us/in ​front of us)?
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If a ​machinecuts in, it ​starts, usually ​automatically: If the ​computerstarts to ​overheat, the ​fancuts in.


old-fashioned to ​interrupt two ​people who are ​dancing in ​order to ​dance with one of them: She was ​dancing with Jack, when Tom ​suddenlycut in.
(Definition of cut in from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “cut in”
in Chinese (Simplified) 说话, 插嘴, 打断别人的话…
in Chinese (Traditional) 說話, 插嘴, 打斷別人的話…
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