cut corners


cut corners
verb
do something the cheapest or easiest way (Freq. 1)
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Cut corners to make a cheaper product

Hypernyms: ↑perform, ↑execute, ↑do
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s on something

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phrasal also cut a corner
: to perform some action in the quickest, easiest, or cheapest way : cut out inessentials : neglect strict requirements for the sake of expediency

the factory has increased profits 10 per cent by cutting corners wherever possible

cut a corner in simplifying the inspection

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cut corners see under ↑cut
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Main Entry:corner
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cut corners
1. To turn corners by the quickest way, not keeping close to the edge of the road
2. To do something (eg a piece of work) with the minimum of effort and expenditure and therefore often imperfectly
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Main Entry:cut

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cut corners phrase
to not do a job as thoroughly as you should, especially because you want to finish it quickly or save money
Thesaurus: to do something quickly and/or easilysynonym
Main entry: cut

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I
see cut
II
undertake something in what appears to be the easiest, quickest, or cheapest way, esp. by omitting to do something important or ignoring rules

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cut corners
often disapproving : to save time or money by doing less than you usually do or than you should do

We don't have enough money to pay for everything, so we'll have to cut corners somewhere.

You should never cut corners on safety.

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Main Entry:corner
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cut corners — see corner, 1
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Main Entry:cut

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cut ˈcorners idiom
(disapproving) to do sth in the easiest, cheapest or quickest way, often by ignoring rules or leaving sth out

To be competitive, they paid low wages and cut corners on health and safety.

Main entry:corneridiom

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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