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cut back

1. To trim or prune something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "cut" and "back." I think that cutting back this part of the bush will bring more light into the house.
2. To reduce something. My doctor told me that I need to cut back on eating fried foods in order to improve my cholesterol. If the school board cuts back funding for the arts, then what will become of the theater program?
See also: back, cut

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!
See also: back, cut

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.
See also: back, cut

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.
See also: back, cut

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.
See also: back, cut

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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"Now they are coming at me, asking me to cut back the ivy when they've ignored all my contact with them to try and make the area a better place.
Then I head to the back and cut back only those perennials that suffered from disease or insect damage and a couple self-seeding offenders.
If the politicians do plan to cut back further, then Lord help us if and when the next conflict arises.
The participants averaged 3,600 mg of sodium a day when they entered the study, so they cut back to 2,600 to 2,800 mg a day during the first 1 1/2 to 3 years of the study (intakes weren't measured afterwards).
A total of 70 percent of retirees say they can always cut back on their lifestyle if it looks like they might use up all their savings, the survey found.
We're also being careful about combining trips in the car to make being out really count." Among our shoppers who will cut back on spending this holiday season to make up for rising gas and utility prices: Under 35 33% will cut back Age 35-49 24% will cut back Age 50-74 21% will cut back Age 75+ 18% will cut back
"When the offer came in, we knew that there are not that many potential buyers out there, and we decided that this is a good time to cut back our publishing activities," Johnson told us.
If you cut back, your body shows signs of caffeine withdrawal, like headaches, crankiness and sleepiness.
We've had to cut back again this season and it's been difficult, although we still have some good players.
"I cut back to two centers--the two largest--and I feel like I have much more control over my life."
If Mike keys Tailback and starts to flow, we run under him with a slight cut back, Fig.
US Airways is reportedly examining whether it may have to cut back its fleet capacity in order to cope with lower demand for air travel.
The Finnish stock exchange HEX said today (31 March) that it would cut back evening trading by half an hour.
With team practice or games nearly every day after school, students are often forced to cut back on their time in dance classes and they could miss out on essential training.
The three major parties--the Social Democrats, the Social Liberals, and the center-right Liberal Party--fell inline, arguing only over how much to cut back immigration.