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cut down

1. Literally, to chop something down, as of a tree. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "cut" and "down." Unfortunately, we'll have to cut down that old tree because the inspector thinks it could fall on our house in a bad storm.
2. To insult or disparage someone, often publicly. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is typically used between "cut" and "down." I can't believe she cut me down in front of the entire department just because I was a few minutes late to the meeting.
3. To undermine or debunk something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "cut" and "down." Confirmation of the suspect's alibi cut my theory down pretty quickly.
4. To reduce something. My doctor told me that I need to cut down on eating fried foods in order to improve my cholesterol. If the school board cuts down on funding for the arts, then what will become of the theater program?
5. To remove the extras or adornments from something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "cut" and "down." I like the apartment, but I need to cut down the decorations a little—it's much too fancy for me.
6. To kill someone. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "cut" and "down." Oh, I'll cut down that informant before he speaks to the police again, don't worry. So many of our young men and women have been cut down by this needless war.
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cut someone down (to size)

 and take someone down (to size)
Fig. to make a person humble; to put one in one's place. John's critical remarks really cut me down to size. Jane is too conceited. I think her new boss will take her down to size.
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cut someone down

to kill someone with a weapon, such as a sword, or with gunfire, etc. The bandits cut the bystanders down and fled. The gunman cut down an innocent pedestrian.
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cut something down

 
1. Lit. to chop something down; to saw or cut at something until it is felled. Stop cutting the banners down! Don't cut down that tree!
2. Fig. to destroy someone's argument; to destroy someone's position or standing. The lawyer cut the testimony down quickly. The lawyer cut down the witness's story.
3. to reduce the price of something. They cut the prices down to sell the goods off quickly. I wish they would cut down the prices in this store.
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cut down (on something)

to reduce the amount of something or of doing something; to use or buy less of something. You will have to cut down on the time it takes you to get ready in the morning. The doctor told him to cut down on his drinking.
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cut down

1. Kill, as in The troops were cut down one by one as they crossed the field. [Early 1800s]
2. Also, cut down on. Reduce, decrease, as in I want to cut down my caffeine intake, or We have to cut down on our expenses. [Mid-1800s]
3. cut down to size; knock down to size. Reduce the self-importance of, humble, as in He's so arrogant-I wish someone would cut him down to size, or She really got knocked down to size when her class ranking slipped. [Early 1900s]
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cut down

v.
1. To chop something down: The loggers cut down trees from the forest. I cut the overgrown shrubs down.
2. To reduce the amount of something done, used, or taken: I need to cut down on shopping this month. They need to cut their drinking down. We've been gambling too much—we need to cut down.
3. To reduce something, as a price: They're cutting down all the prices at the mall. The company is cutting bonuses down this year.
4. To kill or incapacitate someone: The troops were cut down in battle. Before there were vaccines, many people were cut down by polio.
5. To belittle or discredit someone or something, especially in front of others: The boss cut me down in front of my subordinates. The prosecutor cut down the defendant's testimony.
6. To alter something by removing extra or additional fittings: The shop cut down my car for racing. Let's buy those old trucks and cut them down for work on the back roads.
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Corro said the UP administration was not trying to veer away from being environment-friendly when it had earlier planned to cut down some trees affected by the infrastructure project.
BEIRUT - Jihadists cut down a 150-year-old oak tree in Atme, on Syria's border with Turkey, after they accused locals of worshipping it, a pro-jihadist source said.
He also posted pictures of a man in a black mask using an electric saw to cut down the tree.
Tony Keeley, who walks his dog past the spot each day, said he had been shocked a week ago to see around a dozen trees cut down and contacted Wirral Council immediately.
60 plane trees aged over 170 years have already been cut down, with plans to make that number 160, said protesters.
Dewa and the SCE, while announcing the launch of Earth Hour 2012 activities, stressed that the main aim of the authorities is to cut down 30 per cent of energy consumption by developing a sharper strategy.
A spokesperson said: "It's easy to cut down on lunch box waste.
My friends say I'm mad but they don't know how much he has cut down over the four years we've been together.
Citing the case of New York City where food was legislated and fast-food outlets were asked to cut down on trans-fats and salt in foods, he hinted on taxation which could cut down on sugar and salt content.
A BUILDER who cut down trees at a house in a conservation area has been fined more than pounds 10,000.
Martin Moore spotted the large tree being cut down at a site near Midland Sailing Club in Edgbaston Reservoir.
In any case, he promised, it didn't matter what happened, he would return to light fires in the park using trees he would cut down.
Seedlings collected while the tree was being cut down will be used to propagate a new maple, which will be planted in the center of the stump of the old tree.
The research also found that women smokers (40%) are more likely to cut down or stop than men (32%).
All re-affirmed their wishes to have their blue-dotted trees cut down.