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cut corners

To do something as easily or cheaply as possible, usually to the detriment of the finished product or end result. Don't cut corners on this project—it has to be done thoroughly, no matter the cost. If you cut corners and don't apply a top coat, then your nails probably are going to chip faster.
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cut corners

Fig. to take shortcuts; to save money or effort by finding cheaper or easier ways to do something. They're always finding ways to cut corners. I won't cut corners just to save money. I put quality first.
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cut corners

Do something in the easiest or least expensive way; also, act illegally. For example, Cutting corners in production led to a definite loss in product quality, or If the accountant cuts corners the auditors are sure to find out. This term alludes to rounding a corner as closely as possible in order to shorten the distance traversed and/or save time. [Late 1800s]
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cut corners

COMMON If you cut corners, you save time, money, or effort by not following the correct procedure or rules for doing something. Don't try to cut corners as you'll only be making work for yourself later on. He accused the Home Office of trying to save money by cutting corners on security. Note: You can call this activity corner cutting. It's precisely this sort of corner cutting that causes the problems. Corner-cutting contractors build tiny classrooms and narrow corridors.
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cut corners

undertake something in what appears to be the easiest, quickest, or cheapest way, often by omitting to do something important or ignoring rules.
This phrase comes from cutting (off) the corner , which means ‘taking the shortest course by going across and not round a corner’.
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cut ˈcorners

(disapproving) do things in the easiest, quickest or cheapest way and not in the proper way: Don’t be tempted to cut corners when doing a home decorating job.
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cut corners

tv. to do something more easily; to take shortcuts; to save money by finding cheaper ways to do something. (As if one were speeding somewhere and took the shortest way possible through intersections, i.e., by making left turns that cut across oncoming traffic lanes.) I won’t cut corners just to save money. I put quality first.
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cut corners

To do something in the easiest or most inexpensive way.
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We Cut Corners headline First Fortnight at The Button Factory, Temple Bar tomorrow night, tickets priced [euro]12.
The public trust gained through the successful Apollo, Skylab and Viking programs was abused by those who would cut corners for time, money or other reasons.
President Gabriel Gilmartin blasted: "It would be totally outrageous if meat factories have tried to cut corners rather than using 100% Irish beef in their products.
The owner wants to cut corners, this is what happens.
The one danger to be aware of," warned Ingersoll, "is that, while remediation procedures are stringently regulated, some abatement contractors cut corners and don't necessarily comply with the strict letter of the law.
We Cut Corners play The Late Lounge in Kildare tonight and The Workman's Club in Dublin on Saturday with Squarehead and The Lost Brothers.
However, for many owners who hire and operate a small proprietary force with a very tight budget, the SGA will provide necessary protection against any inclinations to cut corners and get the job done as cheaply as possible.
Too many organizations cut corners on software security because manual analysis is time-consuming and acquiring the required expertise is prohibitively expensive.
Tomorrow night the fantastic We Cut Corners will be playing their own show in Whelans with Come On Live Long as support.
Before he left for Russia, Storr said teams were unwise trying to cut corners with its goaltenders.
Landlords who ignore complaints and try to cut corners by not having environmental maintenance programs may pay for their shortsightedness down the road.
The band are teaming up with We Cut Corners and Windings playing various towns and cities across Ireland this month.
Roger Penske never has been one to cut corners, especially on the rectangle-shaped oval that is Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
I always recommend pressed ceramics to my patients because, ultimately, your smile is an investment that you don't want to cut corners on," said Dr.