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short circuit

noun [C]     /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 supplyElectrical components and circuitryFaults and mistakes short-circuit     verb [I or T] (informal short) to cause a short circuit: If those two wires touch, the appliance will short-circuit and probably go up in flames.Not functioning
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