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Cut back   /kət bæk/   Listen
Cut back

Return in time.  Synonym: flash back.
Cut down on; make a reduction in.  Synonyms: bring down, cut, cut down, reduce, trim, trim back, trim down.  "The employer wants to cut back health benefits"
Cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of.  Synonyms: clip, crop, dress, lop, prune, snip, trim.
Place restrictions on.  Synonyms: curb, curtail, restrict.

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"Cut back" Quotes from Famous Books

... the surgeon's quarters, and Doctor Larrabee, wrapped in furs and meditation, obeyed the summons, stood in the presence of an irate commander not more than fifty seconds, came forth wrapped in gloom, and took the short cut back of the major's house to his own ...
— Lanier of the Cavalry - or, A Week's Arrest • Charles King

... signified that God controls everything irresistibly, but gently and without violence, so that man thinks he is following his own will while he carries out God's. They said that Adam's sin had been truncatio Malcuth a caeteris plantis, that is to say, that Adam had cut back the last of the Sephiroth, by making a dominion for himself within God's dominion, and by assuming for himself a freedom independent of God, but that his fall had taught him that he could not subsist ...
— Theodicy - Essays on the Goodness of God, the Freedom of Man and the Origin of Evil • G. W. Leibniz

... learned how important it is to break a fast properly. Those eggs just didn't feel right, like I had an indigestible stone in my belly. I felt very tired after the omelet, not energized one bit by the food. I immediately cut back my intake to raw fruits and vegetables while the eggs cleared out of my system. After a few days on raw food I felt okay, but I never did regain the shine I had achieved ...
— How and When to Be Your Own Doctor • Dr. Isabelle A. Moser with Steve Solomon

... We took a short-cut back. There was not a single building anywhere in sight, and the only moving thing was a herd of range cattle going slowly toward water. Through the silence came a deep, moaning sound, the most eerie, ...
— Land of the Burnt Thigh • Edith Eudora Kohl

... gave up the idea that any would live. But this spring I found a few of these had started to grow, but I had tied them so very tightly that in some instances where there had been a growth of an inch or two, the bud part had been cut in two. Then I undertook it on a much smaller scale. I cut back eight or ten small hickory trees three to four inches in diameter, let them throw up water sprouts, and budded into these. The bud wood I used stuck very tight, and I examined the buds in November, and there were quite a number alive of the Greenriver and Huntington varieties ...
— Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Second Annual Meeting - Ithaca, New York, December 14 and 15, 1911 • Northern Nut Growers Association

... sublimates into mental consciousness. There are all kinds of trees in the forest. But few of them indeed bear the apples of knowledge. The modern world insists, however, that every individual shall bear the apples of knowledge. So we go through the forest of mankind, cut back every tree, and try to graft it into an apple-tree. A nice wood of monsters we make by ...
— Fantasia of the Unconscious • D. H. Lawrence

... gases to be consumed before the throttle is closed, so there will be little or no black smoke from the stack and yet have sufficient fire that it will not be necessary to feed the fire again if a short stop is to be made until the train is started and the engine cut back or ...
— The Traveling Engineers' Association - To Improve The Locomotive Engine Service of American Railroads • Anonymous

... the hole. The worn parts around the hole should be removed, and the hole cut square or oblong. The patch should be, on all four sides, an inch larger than the trimmed hole. The corners of the hole should be cut back diagonally, so that the edges may be turned under. The patch should be matched and pinned to the wrong side of the garment, leaving the edges to project evenly on all four sides. The edges of the material around the hole should be turned in and basted ...
— Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Household Science in Rural Schools • Ministry of Education Ontario

Words linked to "Cut back" :   immobilize, trim, circumscribe, top, return, shave, poll, subtract, disbud, curb, thin, minify, shorten, immobilise, detract, pollard, slash, spill, lessen, bring down, decrease, downsize, trim back, thin out, limit, cutback, deflate, inflate, pinch, shear, knock off, take away, retrench, confine, quench, cut, abridge

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