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Difference between Cut it short and Take a short cut

cut it short—(coll.)

1. leave a very narrow time margin; nearly miss smth. by being late:

  • You’ve cut it short, the train’s just leaving.

2. bring to an end what one is doing or saying:

  • Felix began a long, irrelevant speech and he resisted calls to cut it short.

take a short cut

1. follow a shorter path:

  • I got there as fast as I could (I even took a short cut), but everyone had left.

2. use a quicker method to achieve smth.:

  • Frankly, I took a short cut to a scholarly reputation I haven’t yet deserved.