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scale down

1. To climb down something. How long do you think it will take us to scale down the mountain?
2. To reduce or decrease something in size or scope. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "scale" and "down." With this sudden decrease in funding, we will have to scale down the project to just five staff members! Can you scale this model down so that it will fit on the boardroom table?
See also: down, scale

scale something down

to reduce the size or cost of something. The bad economy forced us to scale the project down. Liz scaled down the project.
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scale down

Reduce the size or cost of, as in The owners decided to scale down wages. This expression, along with the related scale up, which refers to an increase, alludes to scale in the sense of "a fixed standard." [Late 1800s]
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scale down

v.
1. To climb down something; descend something: The climber carefully scaled down the cliff.
2. To reduce the scope or extent of something according to a standard or by degrees; reduce something in calculated amounts: The lawyer advised them to scale down their demands. We decided our travel plans were unrealistic, so we scaled them down.
See also: down, scale
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UCS' fixed development cost and flexible monthly subscription model gives customers choice to set up, ramp up or scale down their operations without incurring unforeseen costs.
Rowling, 37, is thought to have taken the decision to scale down promotion for Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix - the fifth book in the series - so she can spend time with her new baby, nine-year-old daughter Jessica, and husband Dr Neil Murray at their Edinburgh home.
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The FOMC said even though the economy seems to be holding up in the middle of government spending cuts, it 'decided to await more evidence that progress will be sustained' before taking the decision to scale down the stimulus package.
Once we discovered they were not real firearms which had been stolen, we could scale down the operation.
Remember, it's not good to eat huge portions of beef, so with high prices it's a good time to scale down consumption.
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By utilizing full scale elements for testing, there is no need to scale down test shafts or piles.
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