cut\ back

I.v
1. To change direction suddenly while going at full speed.

The halfback started to his left, cut back to his right, and ran for a touchdown.

2. To use fewer or use less.

After the big job was finished, the builder cut back the number of men working for him.

The school employed forty teachers until a lower budget forced it to cut back.

II.v. phr.
To diminish; lessen; decrease (said of budgets).

The state had to cut back on the university budget.


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