To cut corners basically means to shirk, to avoid doing something, like when you're sweeping things and you sweep it under a table or a fridge to avoid having to actually use a dustpan.
Have you SEEN what's growing under the fridge? Damn, I give you a simple chore and you still cut corners!
by English Nazi May 24, 2004
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To do a half assed job.

Make money-saving decisions on a project at significant expense of quality.
Bob decided to cut corners by building his boat out of cheap plywood instead of reinforced carbon-fibre.
by vice dogg May 24, 2004
To do something with less than the appropriate amount of care. Possibly from the practice of taking a short cut when running around a city block, effectively cuting off a corner of the route.
If they hadn't cut so many corners when building that bridge, it probably wouldn't have fallen down.
by RCS May 24, 2004
to do a really half assed job
billy cut corners to save money on building the house
by v1cious May 26, 2004
To take a shortcut. Sometimes refers to doing something more quickly or for a lesser cost, but at a lesser quality.
In order to save time, some workers cut corners and don't wash their hands after going to the bathroom.

The manager told the cashier, "When selling cigarettes, you cannot cut corners. You must check their ID."
by Steven May 30, 2004
Originally used in travel terminology, as "to take a shortcut" (ie, pass by the corners, since cutting along any alternative path is faster than going all the way round the damn corner).

Used more frequently to mean skipping the hard stuff, use the easy way.
Exercise? You're kidding me, right?
I'd much rather cut corners and just get liposuction on this flab o' mine.

If you cut corners in school, you'll never learn the entire shitload.
by mrtopher May 27, 2004
To use "short cuts" that stretches the rules a bit, but is often ignored.
Bill had to cut corners to meet the goal.
by Vile Vampire May 28, 2004
When you have to do something, and in order to finish it faster you leave some parts out. This is usually negative and associated with cheating.
The history report was due on Monday so Maya cut corners by leaving out the time line.

Robert was supposed to run around the entire track but he cut corners by taking a shortcut and not going around the corners. (I believe this is where the term is derived from)
by Newbia May 29, 2004

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