Definition of shortcut in English:



  • 1An alternative route that is shorter than the one usually taken.

    ‘they were taking a shortcut to town’
    • ‘Motorists are asked not to take short cuts through the church car park at St. Michael's Parish Church on Stanhope Street due to the danger this poses to people using the church.’
    • ‘Drivers hunt down short cuts through quiet residential streets in order to get to work faster or take the children to school.’
    • ‘Twenty years before he took over Green Property he married an Irish woman in Ireland and the kick he gets out of describing in detail the short cuts to his holiday home on the Waterford coast suggest he has gone truly native.’
    • ‘The government plans to give towns and cities outside the capital the right to issue fixed penalty tickets to drivers who take short cuts through the bus lanes.’
    • ‘‘People who take short cuts always tend to drive much faster,’ he said.’
    • ‘I was heading south so I decided to take a short cut through the woods and that is when you found me here, fighting off those two brigands.’
    • ‘We took a short cut through the woods behind the elementary school at the edge of our neighborhood, and emerged at the side of the highway.’
    • ‘Mr Collins said creating a bus-only access from the estate to Hilperton Road could create more problems, with residents tempted to use the route as a short cut.’
    • ‘Everyone will drive round here looking for short cuts and our houses will be worthless.’
    • ‘They have emphasised that the walks start in town and finish in town and involve a circuit but short cuts can be taken back to base at many stages on the circuit.’
    • ‘By flying closer to the South Pole, Fossett took a short cut around the world - the direct distance around the equator is 24,902 miles.’
    • ‘At the moment people know where they want to be and are just taking short cuts across roads.’
    • ‘My cousins and I were always hanging out together, taking short cuts through each other's backyards to get to our homes.’
    • ‘Sixty people died trespassing last year, excluding suicides, while six children were killed playing on or taking short cuts across tracks.’
    • ‘Thankfully I live in the area and so I know a few short cuts, but those that don't were completely stuck.’
    • ‘If they have to go out at night make sure they do not go out alone or take short cuts.’
    • ‘For the less energetic short cuts can be taken back into town after three, five or 10 miles.’
    • ‘Ignoring it as was my custom, I turned off the main road, and took the short cut through the woods.’
    • ‘The situation will continue to be monitored, and further gaps may have to be closed if they are being used as short cuts along the diversion route.’
    • ‘We're always looking for the quick route, the short cut, the way to avoid the traffic.’
    1. 1.1 An accelerated way of doing or achieving something.
      ‘teaching no longer offered a shortcut to secure employment’
      • ‘More orthodox moralists had always been prepared to consider the suggestion that hypocrisy might be used as a short cut to glory, but had always gone on to rule out any such possibility.’
      • ‘Fortunately, there is a short cut to the answer: just ask at the desk if it is proper.’
      • ‘Yes, I'm a purist and I don't believe in taking short cuts in music.’
      • ‘But the idea that cosmetic surgery is a short cut to a fit, healthy-looking body is false.’
      • ‘The use of the camera obscura for painting is hardly a matter of short cuts or technical ease.’
      • ‘Never, ever, take short cuts on house insurance.’
      • ‘Each saint was depicted with his or her symbols, which provided a short cut to recognition.’
      • ‘So, as a short cut to happiness, drugs are double-edged swords.’
      • ‘Opportunities for women in music were limited, and sex with a star was a short cut to the heart of the industry.’
      • ‘It is neither a substitute for that work, or a short cut to that aim.’
      • ‘Miss Shell knows there are no short cuts to launching a business, and has been working since February to prepare for the opening of the new studio, next Wednesday.’
      • ‘It seems there are no short cuts in the world of parenting.’
      • ‘I can see no merit in offering short cuts as ways of teaching students.’
      • ‘For anyone with an underdeveloped sense of self-esteem, this is a lifeline, providing a short cut to coherence and purpose.’
      • ‘But to meet that date, short cuts had to be taken.’
      • ‘According to him, there are no short cuts to conservation.’
      • ‘If there is an overall message to these stories, it seems to be a simple yet hard truth: avoid taking the easy way, eschew short cuts.’
      • ‘In its haste to achieve this end it seems to be taking short cuts, many of which appear to raise serious issues of governance.’
      • ‘Because of the check sheets, there is no way people can take short cuts during the training.’
      • ‘To be sure, the victory parade was impressive, but for nearly an hour the would-be victors had wandered listlessly around the back streets before finding a short cut to glory.’
    2. 1.2Computing A record of the address of a file, website, or other data made to enable quick access.
      • ‘Once you select the album you want to modify, choose File > Get Info, or use the Command-I keyboard shortcut.’
      • ‘In the past few years, search engines have been adding a variety of shortcuts direct from their search boxes.’
      • ‘Instead of selecting the Get Info option from the menu bar, you can also use the Command-I keyboard short cut.’
      • ‘The update for the text abbreviation expansion utility added the ability to customize the application's keyboard shortcuts.’
      • ‘The strategic interface is mouse-driven with keyboard shortcuts.’