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shortcut

1. A route that is faster or more direct than the customary or original one. A: "I don't think we're going to make it in time with all this traffic!" B: "Don't worry, I know a shortcut through some side streets."
2. That which reduces the time, resources, or effort needed to accomplish something. There aren't any shortcuts to increasing our sales—we just have to work harder to find customers.

a ˌshort ˈcut (to something)


1 a shorter way to go to a place: I usually take a short cut behind the post office to get to college.
2 a way of doing something more quickly or easily: Producing good cheese takes time — there are really no short cuts.
See also: cut, short
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Solving mathematical problems using formulas such as algebra may be a short cut. Taking short cuts in the business world can lead to disaster.
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Basel is especially pleased by the recognition the fibers are receiving within the industry: Viloft short cut fibers have been chosen as a finalist of the IDEA16 Achievement Awards in the raw materials category.
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A spokeswoman for the resort in France's south-eastern Savoie region said: "It would seem that he had left one bar to go to another and was trying to take a short cut through the snow.
Because she went to Moorland Road School in Splott with my cousin (Val Hopkins) and used to cut through our house as a short cut on her way home from school.
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ENGLAND striker Peter Crouch has revealed he was once arrested with his dad as they tried to take a short cut into Wembley Stadium.
YOUNG children were facing death because their short cut to school had been blocked off, worried mothers claimed in a February 1974 article from the Chronicle archives.
But vandals have already set to work on the fence - removing one panel, cutting another and allowing it once again to be used as a lethal short cut. Barbara Dunne, councillor for the Ayresome ward has been fighting for improved safety measures and has been left startled by the damage.
They said that Zebra crossing along different stops for pedestrians also being used by bike riders as short cut to avoid U Turns.
Some extremely 'clever' people think that Mirdif is a great short cut and so the whole suburb is transformed into a huge parking lot.
A MAN was taken to hospital with metal spikes embedded in his groin yesterday after he became impaled on a fence while taking a short cut.
In January a cop en route to a drug raid in Tampa, Florida, took a short cut across a neighboring lawn and shot the neighbor's two pooches on his way.
Don't be surprised if they turn a blind eye to struggling Schumi taking a short cut at Indy tonight.