- 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.
Origin of cutback
First recorded in 1895–1900; noun use of verb phrase cut back
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Examples from the Web for cutback
I'm not sure how some lower-end retail workers are going to survive the cutback.Counting Full Time Employees
January 18, 2013
In the throes of cutback after cutback, the content being presented is suffering.The Media Can Profit from Twitter's Big Week
June 17, 2009
I always thought S'Bucks was a ripoff anyway, so that's a cutback that I really don't mind at all.The Bag Lady Papers, Part IV
January 14, 2009
- 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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