To cut corners
(idiom) to take shortcuts; to save money or effort by finding cheaper or easier ways to do something
‘To cut corners’ Origin
- “It’s a metaphor from driving – not necessarily motor driving, because it also applies to horse-drawn carriages. When you come to a sharp turn in the road, instead of going all the way to the corner and then turning, you can go diagonally across, and “cut the corner off”. This saves time, but entails a risk of clipping the kerb and overturning, or being involved in a pile-up with another vehicle. Thus “to cut corners” means to discard normal safe practice in order to get fast results.”
‘To cut corners’ in a sentence (word usage in newspaper)
- Barclays boss: Bonuses just make bankers ‘cut corners‘
- Indian Motorcycles is serious about its cruiser motorcycles and it is evident in the way they don’t cut any corners when making one.
- The contractor then tries to cut corners by sacrificing on quality, reducing manpower and using inferior quality cleaning agents.
- Consumers, businesses and governments all intersect with the industry and few are prepared to cut corners.
Cut Corners – Vocabulary Builder 2 – ESL British English