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 Officials hoped the severity of the surge would be blunted by rising vaccinations, but the cutback in indoor capacity restrictions and other mitigation measures made predictions difficult. Nigel Chiwaya, NBC News, 7 Apr. 2022 Fox News launched it initially as a fill-in for the departure of the controversial Glenn Beck, whose program had come to an end amid a cutback in sponsorship. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 29 Mar. 2022 Bennett was 17-for-26 passing for 224 yards and two touchdowns and Bulldogs ran for 140 years – 67 of those on a cutback run by James Cook in the third quarter that led to the Georgia taking a 13-9 lead on a 1-yard run by Zamir White. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, 12 Jan. 2022 Gibson carried the load with his cutback runs on stretch plays. Tom Canavan,, 9 Jan. 2022 In the first half, the Ravens were strong up front, especially tackles Calais Campbell, Brandon Williams and Justin Madubuike, but some of those cutback runs were devastating, especially late in the game. Mike Preston,, 24 Oct. 2021 Her training plan, while rigorous, also incorporates cutback weeks. Amanda Loudin, Outside Online, 26 Feb. 2019 The Colombia international seized possession and Takumi Minamino met his cutback before striking under goalkeeper Dillon Phillips in the 68th. Rob Harris, ajc, 6 Feb. 2022 Plays with patience, demonstrating good vision when setting up runs and cutback lanes. oregonlive, 2 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California said last month that one-third of its users will be subject to restrictions that limit outdoor watering to one day a week to cut back on water usage. Joseph De Avila, WSJ, 9 May 2022 The arranging and composing work couldn't fill the gaps and Pudenz had to cut back. William Deshazer For Cnn, CNN, 7 May 2022 Municipal water agencies are already asking households and business to cut back, sometimes demanding it. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, 31 Mar. 2022 But now those benefits are gone and, like so many other middle-class families, the Anels have had to cut back. CBS News, 1 Mar. 2022 Heineken also warned inflation could lead consumers to cut back on their beer intake. David Meyer, Fortune, 16 Feb. 2022 As a brand name, executives may be willing to cut back on other expenses to get Holland on the call sheet. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 22 Dec. 2021 The virus also could prompt carriers to cut back on international offerings, according to the report. Lori Aratani, Anchorage Daily News, 4 Dec. 2021 With the global fertilizer supply already tight because of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and farmers facing record-high prices, Mr. Frost said CF can’t afford to cut back production. Patrick Thomas, WSJ, 29 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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16 Apr 2022

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“Cutback.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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