cut back

verb
1. return in time (Freq. 1)
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the film cut back to an earlier event in the story

Syn: ↑flash back
Derivationally related forms: ↑flashback (for: ↑flash back)
Hypernyms: ↑return
Verb Frames:
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Something ——s

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Something is ——ing PP

2. cut down on; make a reduction in (Freq. 1)
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reduce your daily fat intake

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The employer wants to cut back health benefits

Syn:
reduce, ↑cut down, ↑trim, ↑trim down, ↑trim back, ↑cut, ↑bring down
Derivationally related forms: ↑trim (for: ↑trim), ↑cutback, ↑reductive (for: ↑reduce), ↑reduction (for: ↑reduce)
Hypernyms: ↑decrease, ↑lessen, ↑minify
Hyponyms:
shorten, ↑spill, ↑quench, ↑retrench, ↑slash, ↑thin out, ↑thin, ↑take away, ↑detract, ↑deflate, ↑inflate, ↑downsize, ↑subtract, ↑shave, ↑knock off
Verb Group: ↑cut
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Something ——s something

3. cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of
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dress the plants in the garden

Syn:
snip, ↑clip, ↑crop, ↑trim, ↑lop, ↑dress, ↑prune
Derivationally related forms:
pruner (for: ↑prune), ↑pruning (for: ↑prune), ↑lopper (for: ↑lop), ↑trim (for: ↑trim), ↑trimmer (for: ↑trim), ↑trimming (for: ↑trim), ↑crop (for: ↑crop), ↑clip (for: ↑clip), ↑clipper (for: ↑clip), ↑clipping (for: ↑clip), ↑snip (for: ↑snip)
Hypernyms: ↑thin out
Hyponyms: ↑shear, ↑poll, ↑pollard, ↑top, ↑pinch, ↑disbud
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Something ——s something

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They cut back the trees

4. place restrictions on
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curtail drinking in school

Syn: ↑restrict, ↑curtail, ↑curb
Derivationally related forms: ↑curb (for: ↑curb), ↑restrictive (for: ↑restrict), ↑restriction (for: ↑restrict)
Hypernyms: ↑limit, ↑circumscribe, ↑confine
Hyponyms: ↑abridge, ↑immobilize, ↑immobilise
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Something ——s somebody

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Something ——s something

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cut back [phrasal verb]
1 : to use less or do less of something

We've been spending too much money and we need to cut back [=we need to spend less money]

— often + on

I've been trying to cut back on smoking.

He's cut back on the time he spends in front of the TV.

2 cut (something) back or cut back (something)
2 a : to make (a plant) smaller or shorter by cutting its branches

Cut back [=prune] the shrub in the late fall.

2 b : to reduce the size or amount of (something)

We ran out of time and had to cut back our plans.

They've cut back my hours at work.

— see also cutback
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Main Entry:cut

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • cut back — {v.} 1. To change direction suddenly while going at full speed. * /The halfback started to his left, cut back to his right, and ran for a touchdown./ 2. To use fewer or use less. * /After the big job was finished, the builder cut back the number… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • cut back — {v.} 1. To change direction suddenly while going at full speed. * /The halfback started to his left, cut back to his right, and ran for a touchdown./ 2. To use fewer or use less. * /After the big job was finished, the builder cut back the number… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • cut back — {v. phr.} To diminish; lessen; decrease (said of budgets). * /The state had to cut back on the university budget./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • cut back — cut down on, reduce something, use less of something (e.g.: I drink too much coffee, I decided to cut back ) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • cut|back — «KUHT BAK», noun. 1. a reduction in quantity, number, or rate; curtailment: »a cutback in expenditures. The factory made a cutback in production when many of its orders were canceled. In spite of talk of cutbacks, defense spending still is headed …   Useful english dictionary

  • cut back — index decrease, diminish Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • cut-back — index curtailment Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • cut-back — ● cut back nom masculin invariable (anglais cutback, réduction) Bitume routier fluidifié par un diluant, qui s évapore après mise en place …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • cut back — phrasal verb Word forms cut back : present tense I/you/we/they cut back he/she/it cuts back present participle cutting back past tense cut back past participle cut back 1) [intransitive/transitive] to reduce the amount of something, especially… …   English dictionary

  • cut back — UK US cut back Phrasal Verb with cut({{}}/kʌt/ verb [T] (cutting, cut, cut) ► [I or T] to do less of something, or use something in smaller amounts, especially money: »With orders down, many companies are cutting back. »We are trying to cut back… …   Financial and business terms

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