cut corners
phrasal to perform some action in the quickest, easiest, or cheapest way

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • cut corners — {v. phr.} 1. To take a short way; not go to each corner. * /He cut corners going home in a hurry./ 2. To save cost or effort; manage in a thrifty way; be saving. * /John s father asked him to cut corners all he could in college./ 3. To do less… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • cut corners — {v. phr.} 1. To take a short way; not go to each corner. * /He cut corners going home in a hurry./ 2. To save cost or effort; manage in a thrifty way; be saving. * /John s father asked him to cut corners all he could in college./ 3. To do less… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • cut corners — ► to do something in a way that saves time or money, but that reduces quality: »If a restaurant cuts corners on ingredients, it will lose customers. Main Entry: ↑cut …   Financial and business terms

  • cut corners — If people try to do something as cheaply or as quickly as possible, often sacrificing quality, they are cutting corners …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • cut corners — ► cut corners do something in a perfunctory way to save time or money. Main Entry: ↑cut …   English terms dictionary

  • cut corners — verb do something the cheapest or easiest way (Freq. 1) Cut corners to make a cheaper product • Hypernyms: ↑perform, ↑execute, ↑do • Verb Frames: Somebody s on something * * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • cut\ corners — v. phr. 1. To take a short way; not go to each corner. He cut corners going home in a hurry. 2. To save cost or effort; manage in a thrifty way; be saving. John s father asked him to cut corners all he could in college. 3. To do less than a very… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • cut corners — verb a) To bypass a prescribed route so as to gain competitive advantage or to circumvent traffic signals or other rules of the road. I believe the old man did not ride fair, as he cut corners b) To do a less than thorough or complete job; to do… …   Wiktionary

  • cut corners — to do something in the easiest, quickest, or cheapest way, often harming the quality of your work. We ve had to cut corners to make a film on such a small budget. Companies are having to cut corners in order to remain competitive in the market …   New idioms dictionary

  • cut corners — tv. to do something more easily; to take shortcuts; to save money by finding cheaper ways to do something. □ They’re always finding ways to cut corners. □ I won’t cut corners just to save money. I put quality first …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • cut corners — use less material, use less than required    If we cut corners, we ll produce a low quality product …   English idioms

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