Definition of Cut back
1. Verb. Return in time. "The film cut back to an earlier event in the story"
2. Verb. Cut down on; make a reduction in. "They will cut back the duet"; "The employer wants to cut back health benefits"
Specialized synonyms: Shorten, Spill, Quench, Retrench, Slash, Thin Out, Thin, Detract, Take Away, Deflate, Inflate, Downsize, Subtract, Knock Off, Shave
Related verbs: Cut
Generic synonyms: Decrease, Lessen, Minify
Derivative terms: Cutback, Reduction, Reductive, Trim
3. Verb. Cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of. "They cut back the trees"; "Dress the plants in the garden"
Generic synonyms: Thin Out
Specialized synonyms: Shear, Poll, Pollard, Pinch, Top, Disbud
Derivative terms: Clip, Clipper, Clipping, Crop, Lopper, Pruner, Pruner, Pruning, Snip, Snip, Trim, Trimmer, Trimming
4. Verb. Place restrictions on. "Curtail drinking in school"
Generic synonyms: Circumscribe, Confine, Limit
Specialized synonyms: Abridge, Immobilise, Immobilize
Derivative terms: Curb, Restriction, Restrictive
Definition of Cut back
1. Verb. (transitive and intransitive with '''on''') To reduce the amount of (something). ¹
2. Verb. (intransitive with '''on''') To reduce spending. ¹
3. Verb. (intransitive with '''on''') To reduce consumption. ¹
¹ Source: wiktionary.com
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Literary usage of Cut back
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. Proceedings by American Pomological Society (1900)
"Leader cut back to a height 2-3 feet. Of this lot twelve per cent grew, ... Side branches cut back half their length. Eighty-five per cent grew; ..."
2. The Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture: A Discussion for the Amateur, and by Liberty Hyde Bailey (1916)
"The trees may be cut back the second year to within a few inches of the ground. Only a very moderate annual growth is desirable. ..."
3. Biennial Report by California Dept. of Agriculture, California State Commission of Horticulture (1890)
"A DELEGATE: How far do you cut back ? MR. GORDON: We generally cut back about one half of each year's growth; we cut back every year not quite so much as we ..."
4. Transactions of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and (1915)
"A length of manway is put in on top of the dog hole and the first cut-back is made in the following manner: The top of the dog hole forms the bottom of the ..."
5. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and (1910)
"Bushy heads should be thinned out, and those that are too large cut back so as to remodel them. If the shoots produced are not sufficient in number, ..."
6. Biennial Report by Kansas State Horticultural Society (1900)
"homed, some cut back quite extensively, and others remained. ... Some of the peach trees have made vigorous growth, while others cut back are of no ..."