from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A cutting-press used in trimming the corners of blank books and cards and shaping the blanks of paper boxes.
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Only the truly clever will avoid unnecessary reinvention at all costs to the point that, to the lay observer, this individual may seem like a downright lazy corner-cutter.
If he is known to be a corner-cutter and a cheat, his case, though listened-to with interest and sympathy, needs to be taken with
Paul, Kolhammer is a pragmatist and, when necessary, a corner-cutter on principles that are secondary or tertiary, e.g. he wouldn’t waterboard KSM unless he really had to, the idea of torture-lite being, to him, a secondary principle, the primary goal being the gathering of what he would hope would be useful, actionable intelligence.