Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act or process of establishing a short circuit, as in electricity; in surgery, the establishment of a short circuit in any part of the alimentary canal.
- v. present participle of short-circuit.
“These wisdom traditions knew that something needed to be done to keep trickster from short-circuiting or wiretapping your communication line with the holy.”
“By short-circuiting overly predictable outcomes, we make more room for surprise, creativity, and mystery.”
“One certified progressive, Joe Klein, has had the courage to make the case against the unions' attempted short-circuiting of democracy, and for Walker's legislation.”
“Do you propose short-circuiting the democratic process?”
“With Ford short-circuiting the well earned justice for Nixon, the Republican Party lived to breed far more evil figures than Nixon.”
“The legislation is the latest in a series of recent bills generally aimed at short-circuiting lawsuits from environmental groups opposed to seeing an end to federal wolf protections.”
“One has to wonder about the possibility of replicating similar emotional expressions in real time, you know, like the lack of attentiveness given to matters of the heart, the short-circuiting of our feelings, the dis-ease we might experience as a result of having to spend too much time ruminating on stale "statuses" that have already provoked thought and emotion.”
“Cheever had a talent for perverting, short-circuiting, and canceling out every kind and decent impulse he had.”
“The Department of Justice said in a statement that it asked the court to reconsider its order "to avoid short-circuiting the repeal process established by Congress during the final stages of the implementation of the repeal.”
“It appears the fire was started by a faulty lamp short-circuiting, something like that.”
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