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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.
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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.
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Consistent with surveys showing that Americans tilt more negatively than positively toward the Affordable Care Act, Americans remain more likely to say the law should be scaled back or repealed rather than kept as is or expanded, although only three in 10 want it repealed outright.
Routine office functions will also face being scaled back as the cost-cutting measures bite.
- The Gilroy Dispatch - Scaled back last year to Tuesdays and Fridays, instead of five days a week.
"This search was scaled back after a week, but the police and rescue agencies continue to alert local communities and will remain vigilant.
"But we have faith that by reassessing our position and staging a scaled back event next year that we can get The Isle of Skye Music Festival on track in future years."
Airlines have scaled back capacity and boosted prices to cover soaring jet fuel costs.
The report itself says groundwater monitoring is often "inadequate and poorly focused," and that when environmental programs are scaled back, monitoring is often one of the first things to be cut.
Officials at North Carolina's Fort Bragg dramatically scaled back a special promotional event for Southern Baptist ministers taking part in an evangelism program after Americans United expressed constitutional concerns.
"War Means Rights May Be Scaled Back" read the headline of the Associated Press story in the March 18th issue of Newsday.
The project will likely be scaled back from its original plan of 36,000 square feet since the university's provincial Super Build application was denied, says Barban.
The Bush administration's proposed plans for an Internet-wide network operations and monitoring center to detect and defend against major cyber attacks have been scaled back.
* There is opportunity to establish local plastics and tire/rubber re-manufacturers, as these materials continue to be collected and current re-manufacturers of these materials within the state have scaled back their use of feedstock or gone out of business.
To HELP NARROW an ever-widening budget deficit, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg as scaled back his city's curbside recycling program.
Department of Justice--is being scaled back in the face of criticism over safeguarding individual privacy.
World Youth Day organizers scaled back the estimate of the number of young people expected to visit Toronto in July.