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short-circuit

[shawrt-sur-kit] /ˌʃɔrtˈsɜr kɪt/
verb (used with object)
1.
Electricity.
  1. to make (an appliance, switch, etc.) inoperable by establishing a short circuit in.
  2. to carry (a current) as a short circuit.
2.
to bypass, impede, hinder, or frustrate:
Bad weather short-circuited my vacation plans.
verb (used without object)
3.
Electricity. to form a short circuit or become inoperable due to a short circuit.
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75
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