This is not how you put up a shelf. Everything about what this guy did is wrong, and as expected the shelf broke. This guy cut a lot of corners!
“Cutting corners” or “to cut corners” means to do something in way that saves time or money. As this bad builder shows though, cutting corners normally ends in what you are doing being poor quality or not even working at all.
It is one of those idioms that hopefully we don’t say about ourselves too much, but I’m sure we’ve all seen a people who have cut a few corners!
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