Cut corners: cắt giảm để đạt mục tiêu gì đó [IDIOM]

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Bên cạnh Hướng dẫn đề thi IELTS 21/11/2020 bài WRITING TASK 1 (map) về school library (kèm bài sửa cho HS đi thi), IELTS TUTOR giới thiệu cụm Cut corners: cắt giảm để đạt mục tiêu gì đó [IDIOM]

1. to cut corners

Mang nghĩa: cắt giảm (to do something in the easiest, cheapest, or fastest way) - thích đi đường vòng, làm ẩu, cắt giảm để có lợi nhuận

IELTS TUTOR xét ví dụ:

  • I don’t like to cut corners when I have company for dinner.
  • there is always a temptation to cut corners when time is short

  • Don't cut corners on this project—it has to be done thoroughly, no matter the cost.

  • If you cut corners and don't apply a top coat, then your nails probably are going to chip faster.

  • Cutting corners in production led to a definite loss in product quality

  • If the accountant cuts corners the auditors are sure to find out.

  • Don't try to cut corners as you'll only be making work for yourself later on.

2. corner - cutting (adj)

IELTS TUTOR xét ví dụ:

    • He accused the Home Office of trying to save money by cutting corners on security. Note: You can call this activity corner cutting.

      • IELTS TUTOR giải thích: corner - cutting là 1 tính từ ghép, cũng xuất phát từ cut corners, tham khảo cách thành lập tính từ ghép mà IELTS TUTOR đã hướng dẫn

    • It's precisely this sort of corner cutting that causes the problems.

    • Corner-cutting contractors build tiny classrooms and narrow corridors.

    3. Phân biệt cut corners và take a shortcut (đều mang nghĩa đi đường tắt)

    3.1. Cut corners mang nghĩa xấu

    3.2. take a shortcut mang nghĩa trung tính (có thể tốt hoặc xấu, tùy context)

    • Don't worry! Get off at the next exit. I know a shortcut that we can take.
    • This Friday me and my boyfriend are going to a concert at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. I know the traffic on the 10 freeway is going to be bad around rush-hour. Do you know of any shortcuts?
      • IELTS TUTOR lưu ý: 2 câu ví dụ đầu take shortcuts mang nghĩa tốt, 2 câu sau mang nghĩa xấu 
    • Sometimes I think the right thing to do is to not take shortcuts.
    • It is important to realize this fact and take steps to avoid taking shortcuts especially when it comes to safety on the job

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