short cut ( short cuts plural ) , short-cut, shortcut
1 n-count A short cut is a quicker way of getting somewhere than the usual route.
I tried to take a short cut and got lost.
2 n-count A short cut is a method of achieving something more quickly or more easily than if you use the usual methods.
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Fame can be a shortcut to love and money...
3 n-count On a computer, a shortcut is an icon on the desktop that allows you to go immediately to a program, document and so on. (COMPUTING)
...ways to move or copy icons or create shortcuts in Windows.
4 n-count On a computer, a shortcut is a keystroke or a combination of keystrokes that allows you to give commands without using the mouse. (COMPUTING)
...a handy keyboard shortcut that takes you to the top of the screen.
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