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abbreviate something to something

 
1. and abbreviate something as something to make specific initials or an acronym out of a word or phrase. The phrase was abbreviated to ABC.
2. to make something into a shorter version of itself. The act has been abbreviated to just a few minutes.
See also: abbreviate

abbreviated piece of nothing

n. an insignificant person or thing. Tell that abbreviated piece of nothing to get his tail over here, but fast.
See also: abbreviate, nothing, of, piece
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Consider how each system would abbreviate words in court documents in cases in litigation.
Using the Bluebook, you would abbreviate words according to Table 8, at 307-08, but you would also omit articles and prepositions, unless doing so causes confusion.
The Bluebook does not abbreviate words in the title.
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