cut down


Definition of cut down 

transitive verb

1a : to strike down and kill or incapacitate

b : knock down

2a : to remodel by removing extras or unwanted furnishings and fittings

b : to remake in a smaller size

intransitive verb

: to reduce or curtail volume or activity cut down on smoking

cut down to size

: to reduce from an inflated or exaggerated importance to true or suitable stature

Examples of cut down in a Sentence

we need to cut down that dying tree

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The bodies lay in heaps, every one of them dead—as many people as were cut down in Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg; two-thirds of the 9/11 death toll. Jay Winik, WSJ, "Trump’s Critics Desecrate the Holocaust," 21 June 2018 In the second, center fielder Jarrod Dyson cut down Jose Bautista trying to score from third on a fly ball, a gamble that ended the inning but did make some sense given that the pitcher was on deck. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Diamondbacks hammer slumping Mets again," 15 June 2018 All injuries are unfair, but Ohtani’s loss feels significantly more so—a transcendent talent cut down in the midst of a truly special and rare season. Jon Tayler,, "Shohei Ohtani's Trip to the Disabled List Is the Cruelest News of the Year," 8 June 2018 In a unique case of mistaken identity, a massive spruce tree slated to become the Redmond Christmas tree was accidentally cut down in March. The Bulletin,, "City of Redmond files $62,000 suit after company cuts down Christmas tree," 30 May 2018 For me, the point of meal prep is to cut down on cook time in the morning and at night, not to avoid it completely. SELF, "Here’s How a Registered Dietitian Meal Preps for a Delicious and Stress-Free Week," 12 Apr. 2018 The Ivy League wins this weekend just by being at the Palestra — men and women, semifinals Saturday before nets get cut down Sunday in the arena off 33rd Street. Mike Jensen,, "The Palestra hosting Ivy League tournament: Is that fair? | Mike Jensen," 9 Mar. 2018 Simard’s research indicates that mother trees are a vital defense against many of these threats; when the biggest, oldest trees are cut down in a forest, the survival rate of younger trees is substantially diminished. Diàna Markosian, Smithsonian, "Do Trees Talk to Each Other?," 22 Feb. 2018 The sonic cleansing and exfoliating brush is normally $199, but that price is getting cut down to $149 on Prime Day. Jennifer Jolly, USA TODAY, "Amazon Prime Day: insider tips to getting the best deals and avoiding the hype," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of cut down

1571, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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cut·down | \ ˈkət-ˌdau̇n \

Medical Definition of cutdown 

: incision of a superficial blood vessel (as a vein) to facilitate insertion of a catheter (as for administration of fluids)

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