short-cut

[shawrt-kuht]
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verb (used without object), short-cut, short-cut·ting.
  1. to use or take a shortcut.

Origin of short-cut

First recorded in 1560–70
Related formsshort-cut·ter, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for short cut

short cut

noun
  1. a route that is shorter than the usual one
  2. a means of saving time or effort
verb short-cut -cuts, -cutting or -cut
  1. (intr) to use a short cut

Word Origin for short cut

C16: from cut (in the sense: a direct route)
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