[ skeyl-doun ]
/ ˈskeɪlˌdaʊn /
a reduction in size, quantity, or activity according to a fixed scale or proportion: a scaledown of military expenditures.
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Also called scale·back [skeyl-bak]. /ˈskeɪlˌbæk/.
Origin of scaledown
First recorded in 1930–35; noun use of verb phrase scale down
Words nearby scaledown
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Idioms and Phrases with scaledown
Reduce the size or cost of, as in The owners decided to scale down wages. This expression, along with the related scale up, which refers to an increase, alludes to scale in the sense of “a fixed standard.” [Late 1800s]
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