cut|back


cut|back
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 upward (Wall Street Journal).

2. a plant that has been pruned by cutting off shoots close to the main stem.
3. a scene that returns the action to an earlier time in a play, motion picture, television play, novel, or other literary piece: »

The cutbacks to his youth are many..., for he keeps probing himself on why he ever left Old Pompey and whether Manhattan is worth the price (Atlantic).

4. Surfing. a swinging back into the wave while riding the surfboard.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • 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 — {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 — 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 — verb 1. return in time (Freq. 1) the film cut back to an earlier event in the story • Syn: ↑flash back • Derivationally related forms: ↑flashback (for: ↑flash back) …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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