“Cut to the chase” means “to say what is important without delay”. Example: I know you’re busy so I’ll cut to the chase – you need a new car engine. Origin: This idiom originated in the when many silent movies ended with a chase scene (e.
“Pick up the pieces” means “to try to get back to an ordinary way of life after a difficult experience”. Example: When her parents died in a car accident, she had to pick up the pieces and care for the children. Get our apps for learning English:.