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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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Log Coffee is a shortcut that logs a preset amount of caffeine (since I usually consume the same amount of coffee each time) to my health record, and invokes Total Caffeine Today shortcut to give me an idea as to the total I've consumed for the day.
Now, he lives with the regret and shame of taking a shortcut to success.
Everyone loves a shortcut. There's something about finding an easier way to get from Point A to Point B that makes you feel like you're "in the know" and somehow better than the rest of the hoi polloi.
So it seemed a bit unorthodox when author Scott Halford encouraged everyone to become one in his appropriately titled book, Be a Shortcut. No matter how independent you consider yourself to be, you undeniably rely on others to help you accomplish tasks--or, in Halford's case, to save your life.
We create a shortcut for each TM or IETM and put the shortcuts in their appropriate sub-folders.
For example, if you want a shortcut to command Word to jump to the next comment in a document, find that action in the Commands list and highlight it.
Together with Bailey, the pair wondered whether pi also has a shortcut formula.
Bad idea, taking a shortcut through the graveyard at night...
Speedy Shut-Down If you are one who grows weary of having to go through the shut down dialog everytime you wish to shut down your computer, you may want to create a shortcut on your desktop to quickly shut down the computer with just a single mouse click.
A SHORTCUT is a special kind of icon that allows you to perform an action without having to go through the usual procedure of opening menus and sub-menus.
The paper concludes that (1) the use of a prior year's deflator index is not permitted and (2) the use of a shortcut approach using inventory turnover is not permitted unless it results in a clear reflection of income.
Basically, this feature allows you to assign your own Siri phrase to trigger a specific task, or series of tasks, as a shortcut. I think Shortcuts is built on, or at least based on, Apple's purchase of the third-party iOS application named Workflow, which allows you to create a series of tasks which will be run at a push of a button.
When hooking up a PLGR or GPS directly to the HMMWV's batteries, taking a shortcut will only create more work later.