throttle back

throttle back

1. To slow one's vehicle down by or as by pulling back the throttle that controls the amount of fuel delivered to an engine. A noun or pronoun can be used between "throttle" and "back." Now, you'll want to throttle back as we approach the harbor. Investigators at the crash scene believe the driver failed to throttle the car back while taking the turn.
2. To slow down one's or something's activity or rate. A noun or pronoun can be used between "throttle" and "back." We're beginning to throttle production back in response to the stagnating economy. After a month of searching, police are throttling back their efforts to find the missing teenager.
See also: back, throttle

throttle back

or throttle down
v.
1. To decrease the speed of an engine with a throttle: The captain throttled back when we entered the harbor.
2. To decrease the speed of some engine with a throttle: The captain throttled back the engine as we approached the dock. The pilot throttled the engine back to idle.
See also: back, throttle
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Andy Murray will throttle back his ATP comeback, announcing on Monday that has no plans to attempt singles play at the US Open.
Get there quickly, then throttle back and get a good grip on the pistol.
Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody's Analytics, said "the job market continues to throttle back. Job growth has slowed sharply in recent months, as businesses have turned more cautious in their hiring.
A spell of illness then forced him to throttle back on his training for a couple of weeks and he chose to miss the next British championship fixture, the Ras y moelwyn race in Wales last month.
The fabulous footage shows the biggest ever Beluga manoeuvring on the asphalt watched by Airbus workers before lining up at the start of the runway ready to throttle back.
Oklahoma forced oil explorers to throttle back the speed and volume of their wastewater disposal after earthquakes surged from 2 in 2008 to nearly 900 seven years later.
The bombardier releases and the plane leaps, freed from its deadly load Pull her up sharply, engines whining to escape the deadly firework show Suddenly it's over, roaring through the quiet darkness, turn for home Engines smooth, clearings in clouds, glimpses of the moonlit sea In the dawn light, the Pennines then the familiar fields and quiet lanes of Burtonwood approach Flaps down, throttle back, screech of tyres, we're home and living yet Only to go again on the next mission by C J Gill, Burscough
Skipper Eoin Morgan has been consistent in his message to the players not to throttle back on the way they have been playing over the past four years.
Operators looking for increased endurance and range can throttle back and extend capabilities due to better specific fuel consumption ratings.
But what puzzles me is why a man at the peak of his career now says that despite his success he is going to throttle back and spend more time with his wife Lulu, who he met as a teenager, and to whom he's been married for 18 years.
Fearing his German engine could blow he was forced to throttle back and cruise home second.
"Once I was in the air she was climbing like a rocket, I pulled the throttle back but still we were "Once I was in the air she was climbing like a rocket, I pulled the throttle back but still we were climbing and by the time I had settled down I looked behind me and the aireld looked miles behind me.
As I lowered the nose for the descent, I pulled the throttle back to idle and the engine stopped firing.
If we don't throttle back Wall Street's excesses, the next big industry-induced financial mess could lead to another Great Depression.
The source further added that Jagger had planned to throttle back at the end of the tour and considered to live at a more leisurely pace.