short cut - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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singularshort cut
pluralshort cuts

or shortcut 

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  1. 1
    a path or route that is quicker and shorter than the usual way
  2. 2
    a way of saving time or effort in doing something, often a method that produces a result that is not good enough
    take a short cut:

    Sometimes in our haste we take short cuts that we later regret.

  3. 3
    computing a computer icon or a combination of keys on the keyboard such as ‘Alt + C’ that helps you to do something on the computer more quickly, for example go to a particular program or copy information