build-down

[ bild-doun ]
/ ˈbɪldˌdaʊn /

noun

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.

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Origin of build-down

First recorded in 1980–85; by analogy with buildup
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