a reduction in rate, quantity, etc.: a cutback in production.
a return in the course of a story, motion picture, etc., to earlier events.
Football. a play in which the ball-carrier abruptly reverses direction, especially by starting to make an end run and then turning suddenly to run toward the middle of the line.
a maneuver in surfing of heading the surfboard back toward a wave's crest.
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How to use cutback in a sentence
She also could cut back to a 40-hour week and be at home with her son more often.
The Volcker Rule, a component of the far-reaching Dodd-Frank law, required large banks to cut back on proprietary trading.The Incredible 'Wussiness' Of The Fed Vs Goldman Sachs—Caught On Tape | Daniel Gross | September 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Chipotle noted in a recent investor letter that they might cut back on their signature guacamole because of avocado scarcity.America’s Next Agricultural Revolution Will Happen Indoors | Sarah Kunst | April 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In 2012, some states, including Florida, cut back on early voting, with predictably unsettling results.A Bipartisan Path to Fixing America’s Broken Elections | Michael Waldman | January 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
This implicitly rebukes North Carolina as it moves to cut back on early balloting as part of its wildly controversial plan.A Bipartisan Path to Fixing America’s Broken Elections | Michael Waldman | January 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Mr. Stallings, may I cut back some of the Diamond D animals in the mixed herd?The Pony Rider Boys in Texas | Frank Gee Patchin
Many of these growers now cut back their seedlings to bare limbs, and grafted the new orange on these branches.Stories of California | Ella M. Sexton
Every day he planted new flowers, cut back rough bushes, and coaxed out graceful ones.Freckles | Gene Stratton-Porter
I cut back to Carrie Johnstone, the footage of her sitting at the board table with Rooney, laughing.Little Brother | Cory Doctorow
And there's the college over there; we will go home that way, and find out a short cut back to Elm Fields.Salome | Emma Marshall
British Dictionary definitions for cutback
a decrease or reduction
another word (esp US) for flashback
(tr) to shorten by cutting off the end; prune
(when intr, foll by on) to reduce or make a reduction (in)
(intr) mainly US (in films) to show an event that took place earlier in the narrative; flash back
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Other Idioms and Phrases with cutback
Shorten by cutting, prune, as in It's time we cut back these bushes. [1860s]
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