from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. to arrest or check abruptly; to bring to a sudden termination.
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However, to cut short this melancholy part of our story, our ship being disabled, and three of our men killed, and eight wounded, we were obliged to yield, and were carried all prisoners into Sallee, a port belonging to the Moors.
His wife and Miss Pope were enjoying it all with such undisguised wonder, Frederick found, that he had not the heart to cut short their visit.