In Reply to: Cutting corner posted by R Black on February 06, 2010 at 09:02:
: What is the origin of phrase 'cutting corners'? Thanks.
It is an allusion to the phenomenon of taking a diagonal, short route from one place to another rather than going to the end of one road (literally or figuratively) then taking a 90 degree turn to the left or right and following that road to your destination: thus cutting off the corner.
It means, simply, to use the quick and easy solution to any problem.