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Cut Corners

Cut Corners
By Caroline Lane

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Cindy and Leo form a newlywed couple. Their wedding took place a couple weeks ago, and they were moving into their apartment that was going under renovation for the past few months. Cindy and Leo cannot wait to see what their new place would look like. After stepping into the apartment, they quickly went around the place and checked if things were working. Lights worked fine in all the rooms, stoves turned on fine, and water was running. Cindy let the water run for a while to check the water pressure. Exactly because of that, though, they found out that the pipes under the bathroom sink were leaking.

 

Upon finding the leakage, Cindy ran to Leo and told him about the discovery. Leo went quickly to the bathroom, looked at the leakage, frowned, and said, 鈥淭he construction company really cut corners when they built this bathroom! We paid so much for the renovation too.鈥 Cindy, not knowing what 鈥渃ut corners鈥 means, looked around the bathroom and replied, 鈥淗oney, what do you mean? The corners are fine in this room!鈥

 

Not knowing whether to be surprised or to laugh, Leo explained that 鈥渃utting corners鈥 means doing something poorly or cheaply. The construction workers probably didn鈥檛 put their 100% into renovating the apartment, or used bad materials, thus leading to the leakage of the bathroom sink.

 

If you imagine a building with poorly constructed corners, you鈥檒l likely see why this idiom means to do something cheaply - costs are cut and quality is low. 鈥淭o cut corners鈥 has a similar Chinese phrase: 鍋峰伐鍑忔枡 T艒u g艒ng ji菐n li脿o. Next time you see something that could be built better, feel free to say that people cut corners while building it!

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