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Butt in   /bət ɪn/   Listen
Butt in

verb
1.
Break into a conversation.  Synonyms: barge in, break in, chime in, chisel in, cut in, put in.






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"Butt in" Quotes from Famous Books



... had pushed out, one to within twenty yards, the other to within ten yards, of the Austrian front line. Here every one spoke in a low whisper or by signs. They warned me to keep well down, as the Austrians hated khaki worse even than "grigio-verde," as one is always apt to hate third parties who butt in against one in what one conceives to be a ...
— With British Guns in Italy - A Tribute to Italian Achievement • Hugh Dalton

... learned—I happened to be up in the Academic Building and I happened to find out that Professor Drood is making a report to the faculty—special meeting!—about your last lecture. I've got a hunch he's going to slam you. I don't want to butt in, but I'm awfully worried; I thought perhaps you ought to know.... Who? Oh, I'm just one of your students.... You're welcome. Oh, say, ...
— The Trail of the Hawk - A Comedy of the Seriousness of Life • Sinclair Lewis

... with one lowbrow on guard. I waited until my head cleared a little, and then I sailed into him. The noise of the shindy brought up the other two, and then the argument got pretty hot. There's no doubt but what they'd have won the decision soon, too, if you fellows hadn't happened to butt in just as you did. I couldn't have held out much longer ...
— Bert Wilson on the Gridiron • J. W. Duffield

... up she's pattin' down some of the red puffs that makes the back of her head look like a burnin' oil tank, and she swings around languid and scornful to see who it is that dares butt in on her presence. All the way she recognizes him is by a little lift of ...
— Odd Numbers - Being Further Chronicles of Shorty McCabe • Sewell Ford

... now; I butt in here!" he said, holding the iron close to Driscoll's chest. Then he turned to Drummond. "Put that cutter down! I don't: want to see you ...
— The Lure of the North • Harold Bindloss

... over to the Dodge house, and I saw them finally. Followed them into a jewelry shop. That lawyer bought her a wrist watch. So I bought one just like it. I thought perhaps we could—" "Give it to me," growled Clutching Hand, seizing it the moment Slim displayed it. "And don't butt in—see?" ...
— The Exploits of Elaine • Arthur B. Reeve

... to be able to get any place that some one don't butt in on us," groaned Dan. "I'll bet if we went out on an ice hummock on Bering Sea that some Eskimo tom-cod fisher 'ud show up beside us t' fish through a hole in the ice. What do you ...
— Baldy of Nome • Esther Birdsall Darling



Words linked to "Butt in" :   break up, cut off, disrupt, interrupt



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