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abbreviate (something) to

1. To shorten a word or phrase into an abbreviation or acronym. Many government agencies have long names that are often abbreviated to acronyms. The pop star abbreviated her name to the first letter of her first name and the first two letters of her last name.
2. To condense or shorten something. During our busy season, our lunch hour is often abbreviated to 30 minutes so we can keep up with the demand. The judge abbreviated the sentence to just 10 months.
See also: abbreviate

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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