Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

get (straight) to the point

get to the point
1) reach the main or most important idea of something
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    • get straight to the point about something
  • Analysis
    To get straight to the point means to be direct or get to the heart of the issue at hand.  Similar in meaning to 'cut to the chase'  or 'stop beating around the bush'.  If someone is being indirect or wasting time in saying what they need to say you can ask them to 'get straight to the point'.  You might also use this phrase when you're tired of being polite. "I'm sorry but if we get straight to the point, your work is just not good enough."
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. During his long, drawn-out explanation, the man was asked to get to the point.
    2. Let me get straight to the point; I don't think you're right for this job.
    3. There's a lot more I could say about that but, getting to the point, I'd like to make an offer.   
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. You've been talking for a few minutes now, can you get to the point, please?
    2. We can debate this for hours but to get to the point, budgets will have to be slashed in a number of departments.
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