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Learn phrasal verbs and party slang

Date: Mar 08 2011

Themes: Party, Soap Opera

Grammar: Phrasal Verbs


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Can you ever have too much of a good thing? Most people would say yes. It’s not hard to think of examples. Too much fun is exhausting and too much rest is boring. Moderation is best.

But sometimes, someone you know just can’t get enough of something. When that happens, you have to cut them off. To cut them off means to stop them from overdoing something. For instance, bartenders cut customers off when they get too drunk. They refuse to keep serving them alcohol so that they don’t pass out.

When they split up their duties at the company, Devan told Marni she wanted to do the party planning. As you will see today, it seems things may have gotten a little out of control since then.

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Devan:  Happy Mardi Gras everybody, woo!

Mason:  Yeah! Bead me. Bead me!

Devan:  Woo! Office party time.

Jeff:  Bottoms up.

Mason:  I love beads!

Devan:  I love parties! To work and to parties. What?

Mason:  This is the best party ever!

Devan:  Cheers!

Mason:  Do you have an open…

Devan:  Uh-oh, somebody’s had too much to drink.

Jeff:  Well, this thing’s cashed. I’ll see you guys later.

Devan:  Wait!

Jeff:  I’m getting back to work.

Devan:  Hey, Jeff. Wait. Wait! We have to celebrate your birthday now. The party’s not over yet. It’s your birthday party!

Jeff:  Birthday? My birthday was 6 months ago.

Devan:  It’s your half birthday party!

Jeff:  C’mon, I’m trying to get back to work. You’re going a little overboard.

Devan:  Well, the party doesn’t have to be over yet.

Marni:  OK. What’s going on here? It’s loud and…

Devan:  It’s Mardi Gras. It’s also Jeff’s half birthday.

Marni:  Half birthday? How old are we, 5?

Devan:  How about some drinks!

Marni:  And our janitor?

Devan:  He might have had too many drinks.

Marni:  Yeah, I think you need to be cut off.

Devan:  Cut off? But I’ve only had like three of these.

Marni:  I’m not talking about cut off from alcohol. I’m talking about cut off from parties. You have way too many parties.

Devan:  There’s a lot of things to celebrate.

Marni:  There’s also a lot of work to be done and this is a place of business. I’m sorry to be the party pooper, but we are here to do a job. We have things to do. We need to be productive.

Devan:  So you’re saying that anniversaries and half birthdays and Marni Gras and Fat Tuesday should…

Marni:  They all need to go, OK? You can celebrate those on your own time, not in our place of business. Somebody wake up the janitor.


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Devan is throwing a Mardi Gras party in the office. Everyone is having fun and drinking. Mason gets so drunk he passes out. Jeff finishes his bottle of wine and decides to get back to work. Devan stops him and says that he can’t go—it’s his half birthday and they have to celebrate!

Marni arrives and is curious why Mason is passed out on the couch. Devan explains that she is having two parties in the office today. Marni says she needs to be cut off. Assuming Marni means cut off from alcohol, Devan argues that she isn’t drunk. Marni explains that Devan is now cut off from throwing parties. She just threw too many and had to be stopped.

Has anyone ever cut you off? What were you overdoing? Have you ever had to cut someone off?



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 The whole situation is hilarious, Devan :,totally overboard , the janitor  completed wasted , I would like to work in that office and having  Devan  as a coworker.    

05:50 PM Mar 08 2011 |


United States

It`s a good help for my dissertation about easy ways of learning languages

05:39 PM Mar 08 2011 |




yes i cut off when i play game in com[puter i take half day to look to computer i do not go any place

05:31 PM Mar 08 2011 |




when i was like 12 years old i was crazy about computer games so  i was playin' like 24/7 and my mother always tried to cut me off  :)

12:01 PM Mar 08 2011 |



I am not party pooper usually I like party but Party should be true time

and when someone drunk so much They can out of control.I dont like to say  cut someone off when overdoing at party.

moderation is best really.

ı wanted to use whatever I

10:33 AM Mar 08 2011 |



I need to cut off drinking

10:20 AM Mar 08 2011 |



Thanks for the lesson. A lot of new vocabulary for me.

07:59 AM Mar 08 2011 |

alpha girl

alpha girl

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

Thanks for the lessonCool

03:29 AM Mar 08 2011 |

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