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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.
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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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"People with asthma are struggling to pay for their prescriptions and around a million are cutting back on taking their medication because of the cost."This puts them at risk of being hospitalised or even dying from an asthma attack."
Your raspberries, if they are autumn fruiting, needed their canes cutting back in February and you will see new canes sprouting shortly.
There's always plenty of clearing up to do around this time of year, shifting leaves, weeding and cutting back dead perennials.
Leslie Buck; CUTTING BACK; Timber Press (Nonfiction: Autobiography & Memoir) 24.95 ISBN: 9781604697933
Nearly two-thirds of Americans are cutting back on spending, but not necessarily because they don't have the extra money, according to a (http://www.bankrate.com/finance/consumer-index/financial-security-charts-1016.aspx) study  released Tuesday. Of 1,000 adults surveyed by consumer financial service Bankrate, 65 percent said they were tightening their budgets, but nearly a third listed the need to save more money as the top reason. 
But you can be bolder with paniculatas, cutting back to one to two feet.
Still, Iran will be cutting back less than many other countries, according to what Covrig told Bloomberg News.
PEOPLE in the Midlands hit by the bedroom tax are cutting back on essentials such as food and heating, according to alarming research.
A Labour amendment highlighting reports that some councils are cutting back on winter preparations because of lack of cash was defeated.
Of those cutting back, almost half (44%) planned to reduce the amount of energy they use, a third (34%) would cut back on seeing friends and family, holidays and goods such as clothes and music, and one in seven of all consumers (13%) planned to cut back on food, with about one in six of the poorest consumers (17%) having to cut back on eating to afford their heating.
Although unemployment level have risen and individual incomes fallen globally, expatriates in the UAE say that through cutting back on shopping, holidays and expensive brands, it has become possible to live well on less.
As businesses struggle to recover from the recession, they are cutting back on employee benefits - except for so-called "third-rail" benefits, ones that are seen as untouchable That's according to a survey of around 156 business executives conducted in February through May by benefits consulting firm Corporate Synergies Group and file Financial Executive Research Foundation.
Soon, quince, weigela, beauty bush and mock-orange will need cutting back. Those plants that are evergreen, such as rhododendron and mountain laurel, are also pruned after flowering, but only if you must.
Synopsis: Americans have in recent weeks become slightly less likely to say they are cutting back on their weekly spending.
It takes energy to get clean water to your tap, so turn off the water while you brush york teeth; don't just watch it go down the drain: Cutting back on driving reduces your energy use and cuts back on air pollution, too.