cut in

[cut in] {v.} 1. To force your way into a place between others in a line of cars, people, etc.; push in.

After passing several cars, Fred cut in too soon and nearly caused an accident.

- Often used with "on".

A car passed Jean and cut in on her too close; she had to brake quickly or she would have hit it.

The teacher beside the lunch line saw Pete cut in, and she sent him back to wait his turn.

2. To stop a talk or program for a time; interrupt.

While Mary and Jim were talking on the porch, Mary's little brother cut in on the mand began to tell about his fishing trip.

While we were watching the late show, an announcer cut in to tell who won the election.

Syn.: BREAK IN (2).

3. {informal} To tap a dancer on the shoulder and claim the partner.

Mary was a good dancer and a boy could seldom finish a dance with her; someone always cut in.

- Often used with "on".

At the leap year dance, Jane cut in on Sally because she wanted to dance with Sally's handsome date.

4. To connect to an electrical circuit or to a machine.

Harry threw the switch and cut in the motor.

The airplane pilot cut in a spare gas tank.

5. {informal} To take in; include.

When John's friends got a big contract, they cut John in.