Is there a short-circuiting dictionary "get" method?

Dave Opstad opstad at
Wed Mar 9 18:45:41 CET 2005

In this snippet:

d = {'x': 1}
value = d.get('x', bigscaryfunction())

the bigscaryfunction is always called, even though 'x' is a valid key. 
Is there a "short-circuit" version of get that doesn't evaluate the 
second argument if the first is a valid key? For now I'll code around 
it, but this behavior surprised me a bit...


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