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Cut to the chase

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Feifei has given Finn a lift to work. He welcomes the opportunity to ask her about a conversation she had the day before with their boss. Did she get a promotion? Find out now.

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Is there someone chasing Feifei and Finn?

The script for this programme

(Finn and Feifei are in the car going to work)

Finn: Thank you for driving me to work today, Feifei. It's a nice car.

Feifei: Yeah, it's brand new.

Finn: It must have cost a lot of money. By the way, I noticed you had a meeting with the boss yesterday… and you look very happy today. Good news?

Feifei: Yes, very good news. First the boss offered me …

Finn: A pay rise?

Feifei: Tea. And then he offered me …

Finn: A promotion?

Feifei: Biscuits. And then he asked me…

Finn: He asked you if you want a post abroad?

Feifei: If my chair was comfortable.

Finn: Oh, come on Feifei, cut to the chase!

Feifei: Cut to the chase!? Is there anyone chasing us? Let's go faster. See if he is still behind us.

Finn: Slow down, Feifei! Nobody is chasing us!

Feifei: Okay, okay!

Finn: Oh. That was quite an adventure. In English, we say "cut to the chase" when we want to hear the most important piece of information; we want someone telling us something to get to the point!

Feifei: Ah! It might come from the movies. The chase is usually the most exciting part.

Finn: Yes. Let's hear some examples:

  • The salesman went on and on about the computer's new features till I told him: "Cut to the chase! What is the price?"
  • We've been going out for five years. Let's cut to the chase. Just tell me: Are you going to marry me?


Feifei: So that's what "cut to the chase" means.

Finn: Sure. So Feifei "cut to the chase" and tell me: What did the boss offer you?

Feifei: I've just told you.

Finn: What? What was it?

Feifei: He asked me if my chair, the one by my desk, was comfortable. So I told him it wasn't. And he offered me a new chair so that I can work longer hours in comfort.

Finn: Is that all!?

Feifei: Yes. I'm always complaining about my bad back.

Finn: Well. I don't have a bad back but I'm aching for a pay rise. Let's go to the office. Bye.

Feifei: Bye.

(car starting)

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