Definition of "short-circuit" [short•-cir•cuit]

  • (verb-transitive) To cause to have a short circuit.
  • (verb-transitive) Informal To hamper the progress of; impede.
  • (verb-transitive) To bypass.
  • (verb-intransitive) To become affected with a short circuit.

Use "short-circuit" in a sentence

  • "Undo the habits in any way: mess with them; short-circuit, distract, immobilize their predictability; mobilize their strength; and utilize their potential for change."
  • "The Justice Department, which is defending the law, opposed Mr. Cuccinelli's request, arguing in a written brief that there was no need to short-circuit the normal appeals process."
  • "The mess also threatens to short-circuit Mr. Weiner's national profile."

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