[ kuht-doun ]

  1. reduction; decrease; diminution: a cutdown in sales.

  2. Surgery. the incision of a superficial vein in order to effect direct insertion of a catheter.

  1. reduced in size.

  2. abridged or condensed: They televised a cutdown version of the movie.

Origin of cutdown

First recorded in 1885–90; noun use of verb phrase cut down

Words Nearby cutdown Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use cutdown in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for cut down

cut down

  1. (tr) to fell

  2. (when intr, often foll by on) to reduce or make a reduction (in): to cut down on drink

  1. (tr) to remake (an old garment) in order to make a smaller one

  2. (tr) to kill: he was cut down in battle

  3. cut a person down to size to reduce in importance or decrease the conceit of

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Other Idioms and Phrases with cutdown


Kill, as in The troops were cut down one by one as they crossed the field. [Early 1800s]

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