A short cut

Also found in: Idioms.
a cross route which shortens the way and cuts off a circuitous passage.

See also: Cut

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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.
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.
No, no," he said; "I'll be back to 'em again by a short cut through the fields, and be there afore the carriage.
He rose directly afterwards, and she walked with him out to the gardens whence a short cut led to the village.
A half-hour of rapid travelling across the swampy neck of land and over the rising promontory brought Tarzan, by a short cut, to the inward bend of the winding river, and there before him upon the bosom of the stream he saw the dugout, and in its stern Nikolas Rokoff.
The latter, to make a short cut, had appeared on a sluice.
Callous, concentrated on evil, with stained mind, and soul hungry for rebellion, Dorian Gray hastened on, quickening his step as he went, but as he darted aside into a dim archway, that had served him often as a short cut to the ill-famed place where he was going, he felt himself suddenly seized from behind, and before be had time to defend himself, he was thrust back against the wall, with a brutal hand round his throat.