To cut corners


Also found in: Idioms.
to deliberately do an incomplete or imperfect job in order to save time or money.

See also: Cut

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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The anti-drug campaign with passionate encouragement of the President became a model of how to cut corners - no need to bring them to jail or the courts, as long as it seems they are resisting; finish them off.
General secretary Frances O'Grady said: "Health and safety is under attack by politicians who see good regulation as 'red tape', and bosses who want to cut corners and risk lives.
Because my husband is a soldier and a trucker, we're always looking for ways to cut corners on homesteading labor.
President Gabriel Gilmartin blasted: "It would be totally outrageous if meat factories have tried to cut corners rather than using 100% Irish beef in their products."
In an address as part of his Australian lecture tour, the media ethics inquiry judge said journalists might be tempted to cut corners or break the law to "steal a march" on their online competitors.
Clearly that's a good way to save cash on sun cream, but Mrs M claims there are plenty of other ways to look after your wad, whether you want to cut corners on accommodation or days out - and she knows them all.
David King, national sales and marketing manager of Kays Medical, said: "In the current climate buyers or managers are likely to be much more inclined to cut corners on existing products and cleaning practice rather than introduce new products or review current practice."
Here are a few of the ways you may be tempted to cut corners, as well as the consequences, but keep in mind that this list doesn't cover every situation.
"When a developer is under pressure, they tend to cut corners and their subcontractors tend to cut corners," Breitkopf said.
BUY-TO-LET landlords under increasing financial pressure might be tempted to cut corners with gas safety legislation but the heavy fine to a London landlord should serve as a warning that it's not worth the risk, says the Heating and Ventilating Contractors' Association.
The supermarket chain make hugeprofits every year, so they have no excuse to cut corners. Dunnes need to cop on - customers willnot put up with paying for out-of-dategoods.
When states do try to cut corners by holding down some more visible direct costs, less obvious indirect costs balloon--as has occurred following government price controls for countless centuries.