See more synonyms for cutback on
  1. a reduction in rate, quantity, etc.: a cutback in production.
  2. a return in the course of a story, motion picture, etc., to earlier events.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for cutback


  1. a decrease or reduction
  2. another word (esp US) for flashback
verb cut back (adverb)
  1. (tr) to shorten by cutting off the end; prune
  2. (when intr, foll by on) to reduce or make a reduction (in)
  3. (intr) mainly US (in films) to show an event that took place earlier in the narrative; flash back
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