cut·​back | \ ˈkət-ˌbak How to pronounce cutback (audio) \

Definition of cutback

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : something cut back
2 : reduction a cutback in funding

cut back

cut back; cutting back; cuts back

Definition of cut back (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to shorten by cutting : prune

intransitive verb

1 : to interrupt the sequence of a plot (as of a movie) by introducing events prior to those last presented
2 : cut down cut back on sugar

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Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of cutback in a Sentence

Verb we need to cut back the bushes a bit so that the house number is visible from the street cut back the meeting so everyone could leave early for the long weekend
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Chubb’s cutback in front of Schobert was the Browns chasing their first playoff berth since 2002. Scott Patsko, cleveland, "What happened between the Browns and Jaguars in Week 12: Spoiler Alert," 28 Nov. 2020 Michael Carter showed really nice initial quickness and some nifty cutback moves after getting to the second level on several runs. Jim Mcbride,, "NFL hopefuls begin making their impressions at the Senior Bowl," 26 Jan. 2021 Sparks said the cutback will not affect employment at the South Side factory. Diego Mendoza-moyers,, "Toyota slows Tundra production in San Antonio amid semiconductor shortage," 11 Jan. 2021 Swift did have a nice cutback on Jamel Dean on a 14-yard run. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Grading Detroit Lions' loss to Bucs: Secondary gets worse than an F," 26 Dec. 2020 The cutback in travel has been a boon for teleconferencing services. Dee-ann Durbin,, "Future of business travel unclear as virus upends work life," 11 Nov. 2020 The Cowboys’ defensive tackles were collectively slow out of their stance and easily reached by Cleveland’s interior offensive line, creating giant cutback lanes for the Browns' running backs. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: 3 things we learned from Cowboys-Browns, including a silver lining hidden within the loss to Cleveland," 5 Oct. 2020 Gurley looked for a cutback lane that wasn’t there. Luke Johnson,, "How Saints defense showed its backbone: Inside a crucial red zone stop in final 2 minutes," 6 Dec. 2020 On the Gophers’ first drive of the third quarter, quarterback Tanner Morgan had two completions for 40 yards, including the 25-yarder to Bateman on a nifty cutback move to the outside away from double coverage. Marcus Fuller, Star Tribune, "Gophers' Rashod Bateman impresses, but it's not enough vs. Michigan," 24 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb For 2021, Buick has cut back on the number of trims offered on the Envision to just three: Preferred, Essence, and Avenir. Colin Beresford, Car and Driver, "2021 Buick Envision Looks More Upscale but Costs $1700 Less," 21 Jan. 2021 The department had cut back on much of its contact tracing among the general public in October as the virus surged, focusing on health care facilities, schools and universities. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Vaccine freezer, Christmas cheer, Iditarod trail switch: News from around our 50 states," 24 Dec. 2020 Despite the ill effects of COVID, Garrett hasn’t cut back on his workouts. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland, "Myles Garrett reveals he’s still doing breathing treatments to recover from COVID-19: ‘You have to take it seriously’," 18 Dec. 2020 Shopping centers had cut back on their hours of operation since reopening in May and June and have now extended hours for the final days before Christmas, knowing shoppers may need the extra time. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Customer traffic surged last week at 10 Dallas area shopping centers," 17 Dec. 2020 Since being furloughed in the spring from her sales job at a company that makes fire doors, Paaske, 56, has cut back her grocery budget. Christopher Rugaber And Casey Smith, Star Tribune, "A bleak outlook for millions facing cutoff of US jobless aid," 5 Dec. 2020 Lynk, 38, cut back on loan payments for the trailer but had to cover storage, phone and website maintenance. Margot Roosevelt, Los Angeles Times, "Will California’s small businesses survive another COVID-19 surge without more help?," 24 Nov. 2020 Despite the pandemic, Raphael House has not cut back on its programming, even if some things look a little different. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, "Raphael House of Portland works to show domestic violence survivors ‘a view of a hopeful world’: Season of Sharing 2020," 16 Nov. 2020 Managers had cut back on overtime hours while the coronavirus pandemic was flattened the postal workforce. Jacob Bogage, Washington Post, "USPS processed 150,000 ballots after Election Day, jeopardizing thousands of votes," 5 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of cutback


1897, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1871, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of cutback was in 1871

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27 Feb 2021

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“Cutback.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cutback

: the act of reducing the number or amount of something

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