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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than positively toward the Affordable Care Act, Americans remain more likely to say the law should be scaled back or repealed rather than kept as is or expanded, although only three in 10 want it repealed outright.
Sierra Sun, Truckee - Scaled back in January to Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
The event took place in late April, but was scaled back to the same level granted other groups of visitors.
Well, apparently sometime this month the company scaled back its operations to the point of closing its doors.
About one-third of the couples in the study scaled back by placing limits on the number of hours they worked.
The BCA, which continues to campaign for a full restoration of the relief, first scaled back just as recession hit, was successful last year in increasing the RV threshold for one year from pounds 2,200 to pounds 15,000.
Now, as the developer prepares to bring the plan for a hearing at the county Department of Regional Planning, the conservancy is arguing that the development should be scaled back to 126 units.
As the Washington Post reported, the "Bush White House and the incoming Republican congressional leadership have scaled back their ambitious tax cut proposals and dampened expectations for an overhaul of Social Security.
While the majority of CEOs of America's fastest growing companies continue to be positive about the nation's economy, they have scaled back near-term growth estimates for their own companies, according to the latest Coopers & Lybrand "Trendsetter Barometer" survey, completed at the end of June.
Due to the flexibility that the SSL VPN solution offers MSHA employees, the agency's network managers have already scaled back the amount of time they spend providing remote access support.
The Bank of England has scaled back a loan programme, amid concerns that cheap mortgages could possibly harm the housing market, The Star Tribune has reported.
The company said it ``dramatically'' reduced capital expenditures from about $39 million in 2005 to a planned $12 million to $15 million in 2006, and scaled back planned store openings for the year
As a part of the reorganization, TCE also announced that is has scaled back its workforce by approximately 30 jobs to address current operational needs.
Global Banking News-5 March 2010-Citi says it has scaled back proprietary trading(C)2010 ENPublishing - http://www.
In the next three decades, many of his competitors and customers scaled back, left town or simply shut.