scale back/down

Definition of scale back/down

:to decrease the size, amount, or extent of (something)
  • The committee scaled down the budget.
  • The company has scaled back production.

Word by Word Definitions

scale play
  1. : either pan or tray of a balance

  2. : a beam that is supported freely in the center and has two pans of equal weight suspended from its ends

  3. : an instrument or machine for weighing

  1. : to weigh in scales

  2. : to have a specified weight on scales

  1. : a small, flattened, rigid, and definitely circumscribed plate forming part of the external body covering especially of a fish

  2. : a small thin plate suggesting a fish scale

  3. : the scaly covering of a scaled animal

  1. : to remove the scale or scales from (as by scraping)

  2. : to take off in thin layers or scales

  3. : to throw (something, such as a thin, flat stone) so that the edge cuts the air or so that it skips on water : skim

  1. : to attack with or take by means of scaling ladders

  2. : to climb up or reach by means of a ladder

  3. : to reach the highest point of : surmount

  1. : ladder

  2. : a means of ascent

  3. : a graduated series of musical tones ascending or descending in order of pitch according to a specified scheme of their intervals

  1. : escalade

  2. : an estimate of the amount of sound lumber in logs or standing timber

back play
  1. : the rear part of the human body especially from the neck to the end of the spine

  2. : the body considered as the wearer of clothes

  3. : capacity for labor, effort, or endurance

  1. : to, toward, or at the rear

  2. : in or into the past : backward in time

  3. : to or at an angle off the vertical

  1. : being at or in the back

  2. : distant from a central or main area

  3. : articulated at or toward the back of the oral passage : formed deep within the mouth

  1. : to support by material or moral assistance

  2. : substantiate

  3. : to assume financial responsibility for

down play
  1. : toward or in a lower physical position

  2. : to a lying or sitting position

  3. : toward or to the ground, floor, or bottom

  1. : down (see 1down) along, around, through, toward, in, into, or on

  1. : to cause to go or come down (see 1down) : such as

  2. : to cause to fall by or as if by shooting : bring down

  3. : consume

  1. : occupying a low position

  2. : directed or going downward

  3. : lower in price

  1. : descent, depression

  2. : an instance of putting down someone (such as an opponent in wrestling)

  3. : a complete play to advance the ball

  1. : an undulating usually treeless upland with sparse soil

  2. : a sheep of any breed originating in the downs of southern England

  1. : a covering of soft fluffy feathers

  2. : something soft and fluffy like down

  1. : down syndrome


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