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interrupt verb

ADV. impatiently | rudely What was I saying, before we were so rudely interrupted? | harshly, sharply ‘Don't talk like that!’ he interrupted harshly. | brutally, cruelly, violently Their luncheon was brutally interrupted by gunfire. | abruptly, suddenly | temporarily | constantly, repeatedly The morning's work was constantly interrupted by phone calls. | occasionally, periodically

VERB + INTERRUPT be sorry to I'm sorry to interrupt, but there's a telephone call for you. | (not) dare (to) It was all irrelevant, but I didn't dare interrupt him in mid-flow.

PREP. with I thought it better not to interrupt her with any comment.

PHRASES get interrupted I didn't manage to finish the report. I kept getting interrupted.