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[shawrt-kuht] /ˈʃɔrtˌkʌt/
verb (used with object), short-cut, short-cutting.
to cause to be shortened by the use of a shortcut.
verb (used without object), short-cut, short-cutting.
to use or take a shortcut.
Origin of short-cut
First recorded in 1560-70
Related forms
short-cutter, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Then, scrambling through a rocky labyrinth, impossible for hoof or wheel, had made a short cut to the head waters of the Beaver.

    An Apache Princess Charles King
  • But I could have come an easier way, only I am taking a short cut.

    The Crystal Hunters George Manville Fenn
  • It was she who invented the short cut, who severed the Gordian knot.

    The Aspern Papers Henry James
  • And there is no short cut to it and no easy means of transport.

    The Heart of Nature Francis Younghusband
  • With much difficulty, we reached Cathcarts Hill, having lost our way in trying what we thought would be a short cut.

British Dictionary definitions for short cut

short cut

a route that is shorter than the usual one
a means of saving time or effort
verb -cuts, -cutting, -cut
(intransitive) to use a short cut
Word Origin
C16: from cut (in the sense: a direct route)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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