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- v. To bypass a prescribed route so as to gain competitive advantage or to circumvent traffic signals or other rules of the road.
- v. To do a less-than-thorough or incomplete job; to do something poorly or take short cuts.
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- v. do something the cheapest or easiest way
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It seems the butter loaded for the officers was put in the wrong sort of firkins—perishables are supposed to go into double-lined containers, but the contractors cut corners as usual and used ordinary ones.