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Cut back   /kət bæk/   Listen
Cut back

Return in time.  Synonym: flash back.
Cut down on; make a reduction in.  Synonyms: bring down, cut, cut down, reduce, trim, trim back, trim down.  "The employer wants to cut back health benefits"
Cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of.  Synonyms: clip, crop, dress, lop, prune, snip, trim.
Place restrictions on.  Synonyms: curb, curtail, restrict.

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"Cut back" Quotes from Famous Books

... growing around it. Having seen it, they were satisfied, and turned to go back to the hotel. After a short distance, the guide showed them where there was a path turning off through the fields, which formed a short cut back. Upon this they paid him for his trouble, and he went back to the convent, while they went along the path by which ...
— Among the Brigands • James de Mille

... in the eye; he flushed a deep red. "I figured I was so good I could cut back and ...
— A Yankee Flier Over Berlin • Al Avery

... are all on the surface, not having had time to cut down their channels below the surrounding country. By similar reasoning, we know that the canon of the Colorado is a very old region, though the precipitateness of its banks is due to the absence of rain, for a local water-supply would cut back the banks, having most effect where they were steepest, since at those points it would move with the greatest speed. Thus the majestic canon owes its existence to two things: the length of time the river has been at ...
— A Journey in Other Worlds - A Romance of the Future • John Jacob Astor

... the longer layers from a one-year growth, besides that, a branch with 4 to 7 laterals can be layered about as quick, as a one-year growth, as the same opening in the ground made for one layer is fully sufficient for 6 or 7 on a two-year old branch. All layered branches or little shoots should be cut back to about 3-4 eyes above the ground and remain in the ground about one year, the earth around the parent plants and between the layers must be well worked throughout the whole season and if necessary mulched with half rotten manure. After the layers ...
— Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Eleventh Annual Meeting - Washington, D. C. October 7 AND 8, 1920 • Various

Words linked to "Cut back" :   decrease, cutback, deflate, shave, downsize, limit, shear, shorten, lessen, pollard, poll, immobilize, top, minify, spill, pinch, subtract, confine, abridge, retrench, thin, slash, knock off, take away, immobilise, circumscribe, detract, inflate, thin out, disbud, return, quench

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