Cut Corners Meaning
(idiomatic) To do a less-than-thorough or incomplete job; to do something poorly or take shortcuts.
Example: To bypass a prescribed route so as to gain competitive advantage or to circumvent traffic signals or other rules of the road.
1882, Dan Seffert, quoted in â€œHalf Hours with Dan Seffertâ€, in Baily's Magazine of Sports and Pastimes, Volume 39, page 275:
[â€¦] but I believe the old man did not ride fair, as he cut corners and joined in with them again [â€¦]
The guy who built the fence cut corners when sinking the posts, and the fence fell over in the last storm.