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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
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1. acronym for Laugh Out Loud + sob -- an expression for something that makes you lol and cry at the same time.

2. acronym for Laugh Out Loud, Son of a Bitch. An expression of bitter anger over something funny.
That fatal clown car accident made me lolsob-- clown cars are funny but my best friend was driving.
by duenna9 October 12, 2009
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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
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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
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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 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
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