to cut corners

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - cut corners

"to cut corners"

to do something in the ​easiest, ​cheapest, or ​fastest way, often harming the quality;

to economize


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - cut corners

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  What are we going to do? Our biggest customer has basically demanded that we deliver the next order a week early.

Colleague 2:  About the only way we can mange that is if we eliminate the second and third quality control processes.

Colleague 1:  Do you mean only one quality test?  That's a big risk to take.

Colleague 2:  I hate to cut corners, too, but I can't see how else we can meet that deadline.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - cut corners

A wife and husband are talking ...

Wife:  You've lost your job.  We have so many expenses. What are we going to do?

Husband:  Well, we have a little savings and if we cut corners a little, we can survive until I find another job.

Wife:  So, no trips to the spa and no more online shopping?

Husband:  We just need to economize a little until things get better.


to cut corners - Usage:


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to cut corners - Gerund Form:

Cutting corners on safety issues could cause increased employee injuries.

to cut corners - Examples:

1)  ... way to make a profit on medi/medi patients is to either commit fraud or cut corners and give sub-standard care, which is essentially the same thing.

2)  I have bills piling up that need to be paid, I have cut corners where I can, but it still isn't enough.

3)  When compelled by the customer to finish quicker, we rush -- we cut corners to try and get things done quicker.

4)  Not every manufacturer or retailer has cut corners, but be very careful at evaluating low-cost, no-name merchandise.

5)  Clients who want to cut corners on everything and get a discounted price. In my experience they are the worst.

6)  In my book the same kind of leaders decide to cut corners with regard to the handing of dangerous materials.

7)  They cut corners and ignore good design in order to get the project done real quick.

8)  Industry will always try to cut corners to make more profit/raises for CEOs/lower prices to eliminate competition. 

9)  It's also something on which you don't want to cut corners. If you want the job done right and you want things to work as ...

10)  Companies like this will try to cut corners any way they can regardless of whether or not it makes sense from a quality ...

11)  ... take care where you cut corners or you'll end up paying plenty for cut-rate decisions.

12)  Superiors who knew better, that cut corners at the expense of my health and perhaps my life, just so they could ...

13)  ... afford much at all, but the first thing on my mind was to cut corners in the budget and make sure we have medical insurance.

14)  You have no reason to hurry, no reason to cut corners or to try to do too many things at once.

15)  Frankly, I think the few places they cut corners will easily be offset by its attractive price.

16)  There are a million ways to cut corners on localization, and all of them hurt the end result.

17)  ... his specialization was tax code/tax avoidance, He also cut corners that were illegal when he could get away with it ...

18)  So, after everything is said and done, don't cut corners, create great linkable content, and mind your site architecture.

19)  ... a problem is worth solving, it's worth solving completely. Don't cut corners or skimp. It is better to have one problem fully solved than five problems ...

20)  Do employees make mistakes or cut corners? You bet they do. Especially under fatigue.