[ kuht-bak ]
/ ˈkʌtˌbæk /


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.

Nearby words

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  2. cutaneous vein,
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  8. cutcherry,
  9. cutdown,
  10. cute

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. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cutback


/ (ˈkʌtˌbæk) /


a decrease or reduction
another word (esp US) for flashback

verb cut back (adverb)

(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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