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In this lesson, we’ll study these common expressions: chip in and cut off.
‘Chip in’ can be used when a person wants to add his own opinions or ideas into someone else’s conversation. It is basically used to contribute to a discussion.
Sam: Hey Bill. How are you?
Bill: I’m great Sam. What’s up?
Sam: Nothing much. We were just talking about how our Health system can be improved. Why don’t you chip in?
Bill: I would love to. But I’m really getting late.
Sam: C’mon man! We won’t take much of your time.
Bill: I’m sorry, Sam. I gotta go. But Julie’s coming. Why don’t you ask her to chip in?
‘Chip in’ can also mean to contribute with a small amount of money.
Sam: Did you know that Julie’s birthday is tomorrow?
Bill: I had no idea.
Sam: We’re throwing her a surprise party. Can you chip in some dollars on a gift for her?
Bill: Of course! She deserves a nice gift.
Sam: We are also planning on buying her some flowers.
Bill: Sure. Count on me to chip in on that too.
‘Cut off’ is often used in a conversation when the speaker is not interested or does not want to participate in something.
Bill: Hey Julie. Why are you in such a hurry?
Julie: Just cut it off, Bill. I don’t have time for this.
Bill: What?! Calm down. What happened?
Julie: We were having this stupid discussion about Health services. They were not listening to me at all. I asked them to cut it off so many times.
Bill : C’mon Julie. Take it easy. Why don’t you chill and have some water?
Julie : Leave me alone, Bill.
Bill: Now you cut it off, Julie. It was just a stupid discussion.