Definition: to economize, to take a short-cut, to reduce quality in order to save money

Note: this idiom is usually negative — don’t use it when you want to express approval or support something


During these hard times, we are tempted to cut corners to save money.  Resist this, because when times are good again, people will remember you sacrificed quality.

To design a really fantastic product, don’t cut corners.  If you cut corners, your product will just be average.



About Matt Krause

Matt began his professional life as an import buyer, and since 2006 has been teaching companies how to connect with their investors and clients better. His clients work in Istanbul, London, and Madrid for companies like Allianz, 3M, P&G, Citibank, and Reckitt Benckiser. He also walked across Turkey and wrote a book about it.