I am wondering what is the verb, expression or idiom which is used when a car tries to overtake its adjacent car and since there is another car ahead, the driver has to deviate their car and pass through the middle of those two cars. Please take a look on the provided illustration. enter image description here

I need to properly imply the message that:

  • The car in the image is breaking the law. It is....... which is against the traffic rules.

PS. please note that the side from which the act of overtaking is occurring is not a matter of discussion here.

  • Fyi, we don't say to deviate a car. It's dangerous/illegal passing by cutting in front of another car.
    – Lambie
    Mar 23, 2022 at 15:08

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Your way of saying it, to overtake, is a proper way to say this. However, in AmE, most would call this to cut (off) and BrE is to cut (up) (thank you, Michael Harvey). Please view section 5, AmE and section 2, BrE.

AmE: "Hey! That car cut me off! Idiot."

BrE: "Hey! The wanker driving that car cut me up!"


AmE: "I need to avoid that car, so that it won't cut me off."

BrE: "I need to avoid that car, so it doesn't cut me up."

To describe that image - "The white car cut off the red car."

Have a good day!

  • In Britain, we might say that such a driver 'cut me up'. Mar 23, 2022 at 14:51
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    The truck is not going to cut anyone off. The white car is cutting off the red car. Or illegally passing it.
    – Lambie
    Mar 23, 2022 at 15:09
  • In Britain, we tend to accuse a driver, not a car, of cutting-up. Mar 23, 2022 at 18:23
  • Oh, okay! I will change that.
    – Chspsa
    Mar 24, 2022 at 1:39

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