short cut


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short cut

n
1. a route that is shorter than the usual one
2. a means of saving time or effort
vb, -cuts, -cutting or -cut
(intr) to use a short cut
[C16: from cut (in the sense: a direct route)]
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They resolved, also, to keep along the river, instead of taking the short cut recommended by the fugitive Snake, whom they now set down for a thorough deceiver.
In the meantime that rascal, Pinocchio, free now from the clutches of the Carabineer, was running wildly across fields and meadows, taking one short cut after another toward home.
There is, indeed, no such short cut to knowledge of each other as a talk about books.
This is the short cut to Prince's, by two miles," he said, as they entered the woods.
By the road, Baywater was six miles away, but there was a short cut across hills and fields and woods which was scantly three.
When the dew was not too heavy and the weather was fair there was a short cut through the woods.
When I had done a year of high school, I decided to attempt a short cut.
After supper, when grandfather set off to church, grandmother and I took my short cut through the willow hedge and went over to hear about the visit to the Shimerdas'.
A child on the watch, came towards them to beg; and Miss Bickerton, excessively frightened, gave a great scream, and calling on Harriet to follow her, ran up a steep bank, cleared a slight hedge at the top, and made the best of her way by a short cut back to Highbury.
He got a porter to tell him when another train was due, and he waited; but again he was disappointed; and he was cold and hungry, so he walked, through side-streets and slums, by a short cut to the school.
This first quarrel arose from Levin's having gone out to a new farmhouse and having been away half an hour too long, because he had tried to get home by a short cut and had lost his way.
The townsfolk and the people down the valley have fallen into the way of taking a short cut across that patch of land of Jean Francois Pastoureau's; before they have done they will cut it up in a way that will do a lot of harm to that poor fellow.