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noun [countable]     shortcut pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    a path or way of going somewhere that is quicker and shorter than the usual way
    take a shortcut:

    On the way home we took a shortcut to avoid traffic.

  2. 2
    a quicker way than usual to do or achieve something, often a method that produces a result that is not good enough

    a lawyer accused of taking legal shortcuts (=not performing all the necessary parts of a legal process)

  3. 3
    computing a computer icon or a combination of keys on the keyboard such as “Alt + C” that helps you do something on the computer more quickly, for example go to a particular program or copy information
  4. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    take shortcuts to complete a task without striving for the best result possible

    I'd rather take a long time to build a winning basketball program than to take shortcuts and have the university bruised by a scandal.

    Submitted by Boris Marchenko from Russian Federation on 19/11/2015
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a description of an economic or political situation based on analysis of information at the present time

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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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