Definition of Cut back

1. Verb. Return in time. "The film cut back to an earlier event in the story"

Exact synonyms: Flash Back
Generic synonyms: Return
Derivative terms: Flashback

2. Verb. Cut down on; make a reduction in. "They will cut back the duet"; "The employer wants to cut back health benefits"
Exact synonyms: Bring Down, Cut, Cut Down, Reduce, Trim, Trim Back, Trim Down
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"
Exact synonyms: Clip, Crop, Dress, Lop, Prune, Snip, Trim
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"
Exact synonyms: Curb, Curtail, Restrict
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

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Cut Back

cut-throat razors
cut a caper
cut a dash
cut a rug
cut a swath
cut a swathe
cut a wide swath
cut a wide swathe
cut across
cut and cover
cut and dried
cut and paste
cut and run
cut away
cut back (current term)
cut bait
cut both ways
cut capers
cut corners
cut down
cut fastball
cut from the same cloth
cut in
cut into
cut it
cut it close
cut it fine

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 ..."

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