verb (used with object)
- curtail step,
- curtain call,
- curtain lecture
Origin of curtail1
Origin of curtail2
Examples from the Web for curtail
Rail at the bigots in Washington on TV seeking to curtail equality?
With the World Cup fast approaching, Brazil is attempting to curtail its controversial soccer fan clubs.
But it is also time to curtail the demand for ivory in Asia.The Curse of CAR: Warlords, Blood Diamonds, and Dead Elephants|Christopher Day|May 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The promises of benefit are false, and government action to curtail this kind of fraud is long overdue.
Bill de Blasio successfully campaigned for mayor on the promise to curtail it.
Not more than twoscore churches contributed to its treasury, and it was obliged, to curtail its expenses in every direction.Unitarianism in America|George Willis Cooke
He would have to curtail his expenditure, or take up some calling, or make a brilliant catch in the matrimonial market.Sentimental Education, Volume II|Gustave Flaubert
I thought he should have requested the people to curtail their contributions.Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians|Martin Luther
We can curtail our dress no further without making our garb identical with our complexion.The Arena|Various
With respect to thanksgiving after mass, there is less to be said, as the temptation to omit or curtail it is less.The Priestly Vocation|Bishop Bernard Ward
Word Origin for curtail
late 15c., from Middle French courtault "made short," from court "short" (Old French cort, from Latin curtus; see curt) + -ault pejorative suffix of Germanic origin. Originally curtal; used of horses with docked tails, which probably influenced the spelling. Related: Curtailed; curtailing.