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Hi,

1) My teacher usually comes up with a very interesting activity, but he brings it up at the end of the class so we don't have much time left to really engage in it. Could I say that he 'cuts it off' before we get somewhere? I'm not sure if 'cut off' is appropriate here.

2) "I got hooked on a book." Is there a different word (perhaps 'engross'-->"the book engrossed me") that could be used instead of 'hooked'?

3) When a car can't go in a straight line because the surface is too slippery, could I use the word 'crab'? I heard it on Top Gear.

Thank you.

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Ann2251) My teacher usually comes up with a very interesting activity, but he brings it up at the end of the class so we don't have much time left to really engage in it. Could I say that he 'cuts it off' before we get somewhere? I'm not sure if 'cut off' is appropriate here.

Not 'cut off'. 'cut short'.

The teacher brought up an interesting activity near the end of the class. Unfortunately, it was cut short when the class ended.

Our vacation was cut short when we got word that Louise's brother had died.

The rock star had to cut his tour short because of a sore throat.

Ann2252) "I got hooked on a book." Is there a different word (perhaps 'engross'-->"the book engrossed me") that could be used instead of 'hooked'?

Here are two idiomatic expressions for that idea:

That book is a real page-turner.
That book was so exciting that I couldn't put it down.

Ann2253) When a car can't go in a straight line because the surface is too slippery, could I use the word 'crab'? I heard it on Top Gear.

I've never heard it. To me it's fishtailing.

fishtail: (of a vehicle) make a fishtail movement.
The vehicle fishtailed from one side of the road to the other.

CJ

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Thank you so much!

As for my second question, I actually use the other two examples you suggested. I was thinking about something a bit different but I can’t really put it into words.