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cut back

to turn back; to reverse direction. Suddenly, the bull cut back in our direction and began chasing us. The road cuts back about a mile ahead, and it goes west again.
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cut back (on something)

to reduce the use, amount, or cost of something. You are all going to have to cut back on water usage. You simply must cut back on office expenses.
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cut something back

to prune plants; to reduce the size of plants, bushes, etc. Let's cut these bushes back. They're getting in the way. Don't cut back my roses!
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cut back

1. Shorten by cutting, prune, as in It's time we cut back these bushes. [1860s]
2. Reduce, decrease, as in They are going to cut back defense spending, or We have to cut back production. [c. 1940] Also see cut to the bone.
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cut back

v.
1. To shorten something, as a plant, by cutting; prune something: If I don't cut back the weeds, they will choke the flowers. Let's cut the vines back.
2. To reduce or decrease the amount of something: The factory cut back production because of budget problems. The company cut salaries back this year.
See also: back, cut
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ECS has begun educating business and trade groups statewide about the advantages Cut Back California offers to participants and the benefits demand response has in helping to avoid blackouts.
If the NHS seriously wants to cut back, then cut back on holding endless meetings, minuting meetings, setting agendas for meetings, pointless targets, endless audits, star ratings, people who give star ratings, preparations for star ratings, and the biggest waste of all - pre-decided rubber stamping consultation processes.
Only 23 per cent said they would cut back on TV subscriptions, 14 per cent would reduce broadband spending and eight per cent on paying towards their home phone.
In addition, preparing food to cut back on salt, added sugars, saturated fats, trans fats and cholesterol, and being more physically active are important health messages that the new Dietary Guidelines share with families.
Blackberries and other hybrid berries have finished fruiting so cut back the canes to soil level.
And in fact, when asked if they would be motivated to cut back in order to save $20 a week, survey respondents were more open-minded to the idea.
NEARLY half of cashs trapped Brits would cut back on savings to help make ends meet, a survey claimed.
PLANS to cut back trees in Balsall Common have been submitted to Soli hull Borough Council.
Amy King-Zipp, a therapist in Valencia out for a day in the park with her toddler daughter, said she has cut back on her beach time as well as visits to family members who live two hours away.
GERARD HOULLIER will be told to cut back on his jet-setting lifestyle when he finally returns to his job as manager of Liverpool.
This should provide some comfort to many health and nutrition experts who have become concerned about reports such as those out of the ACNielsen company that report 44 percent of low-carb dieters - an estimated 15 million Americans - have either cut back or stopped eating fruit as a result of the diet.
MORE than half of Britons are planning to cut back on their holiday spending this year, a survey showed today.
The study also found that 57 per cent of over-55s in Scotland now cut back on heating in an effort to reduce their bills.
Arnold Schwarzenegger won't really have to cut back spending at all.
McCormick set up the second deep into injury time with a cut back from the right, which Barry Wilson fired low at goal.