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short-cut

[shawrt-kuht] /ˈʃɔrtˌkʌt/
verb (used with object), short-cut, short-cutting.
1.
to cause to be shortened by the use of a shortcut.
verb (used without object), short-cut, short-cutting.
2.
to use or take a shortcut.
Origin
1560-1570
1560-70
Related forms
short-cutter, noun

shortcut

[shawrt-kuht] /ˈʃɔrtˌkʌt/
noun
1.
a shorter or quicker way.
2.
a method, procedure, policy, etc., that reduces the time or energy needed to accomplish something.
adjective
3.
constituting or providing a shorter or quicker way:
shortcut methods.
Origin
1560-70; short + cut
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shortcut

n.

also short-cut, "path not as long as the ordinary way," 1610s, from short (adj.) + cut (n.). Figurative use is attested earlier (1580s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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