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build-down

[bild-doun] /ˈbɪldˌdaʊn/
noun
1.
a process for reducing armaments, especially the number of nuclear weapons held by the U.S. and the U.S.S.R., by eliminating several older weapons for each new one that is deployed.
Origin of build-down
1980-1985
First recorded in 1980-85; by analogy with buildup
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