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Word of the Week – Crucial

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DEFINITION:

Extremely significant or important


EXAMPLES
(synonyms):

bold

brave

courageous

dauntless

intrepid


CHARACTERISTICS (examples):

The referee made a crucial decision by referring to the video assistant referee following an apparent foul in the penalty area.


Do you know the idiom ‘cut to the chase’?

When we say ‘cut to the chase’ we mean that the person we are talking to should get straight to the point they are trying to make and leave out any unnecessary details or small talk first.

Origin – the story:

Silent films with romantic storylines commonly had a chase scene as a climax of the action. Some screenwriters and directors who lacked experience would often fill out or extend scenes with unnecessary dialogue. This phrase was used in a literal way to direct films to literally ‘cut’ from one part of the film to the chase sequence.

So ‘cut to the chase’ was used to mean ‘get to the point’, or the interesting and exciting bit, without any delays!

Example: Just cut to the chase and tell me what happened!