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short circuit

noun [C] uk   /ˌʃɔːtˈsɜː.kɪt/  us   /ˌʃɔːrtˈsɝː-/ (informal short)
a bad electrical connection that causes the current to flow in the wrong direction, often having the effect of stopping the power supply
short-circuit
verb [I or T] uk   us   (informal short)
to cause a short circuit: If those two wires touch, the appliance will short-circuit and probably go up in flames.
Translations of “short circuit”
in Chinese (Traditional) 短路…
in Chinese (Simplified) 短路…
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