short-circuit - definition and synonyms


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present tense
present participleshort-circuiting
past tenseshort-circuited
past participleshort-circuited
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to have a short circuit, or to make a piece of electrical equipment have a short circuit
  2. 2
    [transitive] to avoid dealing with all the details involved in something, so that you can do it more quickly and easily

    Junior members of the party have decided to short-circuit the process and go direct to the top.

  3. 3
    [transitive] mainly American to prevent something such as a career, plan, process etc from being successful