Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

butt(ing) in

butt inbutting in
Meaning(s)
1) interrupt or intrude on somebody or something
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • I don't need you butting in!
  • Analysis
    If you interrupt someone else's conversation or intrude on a situation that does not concern you, then you 'butt in.' Unless there is an urgent reason for doing so, it is considered highly rude. You can mitigate the negative aspect of it by asking permission first. For example: 'Excuse me, do you mind if I butt in?' or 'Sorry for butting in, but...' This expression is common in both a social and professional context.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. I couldn't have a proper conversation with Gary yesterday because Claire butted in constantly.
    2. I don't mean to butt in but I overheard what you were talking about and I think I can help.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. I know what I'm supposed to be doing, okay? I don't need you butting in!
    2. Sorry to butt in on your meeting, but there's an urgent telephone call for you.
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