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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!
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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 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

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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Grey-leaved plants, such as lavender, can receive a light haircut in spring with shears but make sure you don't cut back into woody old stems, or they won't recover.
Belfast tops the league table of Christmas savers - with 71% planning to cut back - while Cardiff came fifth in the table at 59%.
Nearly two-thirds (63%) of the children said the Government should cut back on its spending on the Olympics, and a third on leisure facilities.
Cut back side stems of fruit trees and grape vines to only two inches long, and nip off the top stem of fruit trees.
One in four people would stop paying for travel insurance and 17 per cent would cut back on pet insurance.
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).
Among our shoppers who will cut back on spending this holiday season to make up for rising gas and utility prices:
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.
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.
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.
8 billion in 2003 and all of the city's government agencies will have to cut back on spending in order to achieve a fiscal balance.
The Finnish stock exchange Helsinki Exchanges (HEX) is to cut back its evening trading, introduced on 11 April 2001, by one hour beginning 2 April 2002.