short circuit

1. noun
An unintentional connection of low resistance or impedance in a circuit such that excessive and often damaging current flows in it.
2. verb
a) to cause a short circuit in

[H]is temporarily successful attempt to smear Redfield is an effort to short-circuit the narrative into premature and mistaken resolution.

b) to force termination of an ongoing process before its natural conclusion by bypassing one or more intermediary steps

You do not need to follow your entire sales cycle if the customer wants to short-circuit it for you.


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