short-cut ({UK}) — кратчайший (легкий) путь

Example 1: When we were small, we used to take a short-cut over the fields to school, but now they've built a housing estate on the farm.

Example 2: Hard work, long hours, and lots of worry. When you are trying to build up a business, I'm afraid there's no short-cut to success.

[cut corners]
[quick fix]