A short cut

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

See also: Cut

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in classic literature ?
"No, no," he said; "I'll be back to 'em again by a short cut through the fields, and be there afore the carriage."
Yesterday, under cross-examination at the General Medical Council hearing, Thomson admitted he had taken a short cut by agreeing to add Mrs A to his weekend operations list just a day after examination.