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shortcut

noun [C] uk   /ˈʃɔːt.kʌt/ us    /ˈʃɔːrt-/
a route that leads from one place to another and is quicker and more direct than the usual route: I know a shortcut to town. a quicker way of doing something in order to save time or effort a quick way to start or use a computer program: a shortcut key
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