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scale back

To minimize or reduce something in size or scope. A noun or pronoun can be used between "scale" and "back." With such a dramatic decrease in funding, we're going to have to scale back on our project now.
See also: back, scale

scale back

v.
To reduce the scope or extent of something according to a standard or by degrees; reduce something in calculated amounts: The company scaled back the scheduled pay increase. After reviewing its budget, the school scaled its sports activities back.
See also: back, scale
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And Reagan himself made known his desire to eliminate the departments of Energy and Education, and to scale back what his first budget director David Stockman called the "closet socialism" of Social Security and Medicaid.
Embraer's main competitor, Canada's Bombardier Inc, announced last week that it would cut 3,800 jobs and scale back production rates.
When she decided recently to scale back production at the Florida press she cofounded almost three decades ago with her life partner, 60-year-old Donna J.
The researchers found that while women put the brakes on their careers after their first child is born, regardless of their career status, men tend to scale back only after they have achieved an acceptable level of flexibility and autonomy in their careers.
The series of articles here is illustrated with women and men in business suits holding briefcases, and throughout there is the assumption that parents have choices about how much time to work, and need to choose to scale back, given all the supposed "family-friendly policies" introduced by corporations throughout the land.
One consequence of these freedoms has been a movement in the European social democracies to scale back a range of benefits to workers, including unemployment compensation, health, and social security programs.
55 prompted market participants to scale back long dollar positions, and the U.
In January, it was reported the Internal Revenue Service was going to scale back its use of taxpayer compliance measurement program (TCMP) audits.
In the case of a significant deterioration in the demand environment beyond current expectations, Fitch expects management to scale back on share repurchase activity in order to conserve cash.
Global Banking News-March 18, 2016--Brazil central bank to scale back currency intervention
Summary: The Chief Executive of BA says the airline will be forced to scale back flights at Heathrow if plans for a third runway are scrapped.
Plans by Wal-Mart to build a "supercenter" in Derry have been shelved, part of the retailer's decision to scale back expansion projects nationwide.
Some of the trees also were damaged when a cell phone tower was built on part of the property, and that contributed to the decision to scale back the tree-growing effort, Schuurs said.
Soaring fuel spurs businesses to scale back travel.
At the end of 2007, however, the federal government will likely scale back its exposure even further or get out of the terrorism insurance business altogether.