cut-back

cutback

[kuht-bak]
noun
1.
a reduction in rate, quantity, etc.: a cutback in production.
2.
a return in the course of a story, motion picture, etc., to earlier events.
3.
Football. a play in which the ball-carrier abruptly reverses direction, especially by starting to make an end run and then turning suddenly to run toward the middle of the line.
4.
a maneuver in surfing of heading the surfboard back toward a wave's crest.

Origin:
1895–1900; noun use of verb phrase cut back

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cutback (ˈkʌtˌbæk)
 
n
1.  a decrease or reduction
2.  another word (esp US) for flashback
 
vb (when intr, foll by on)
3.  (tr) to shorten by cutting off the end; prune
4.  to reduce or make a reduction (in)
5.  chiefly (US) (intr) (in films) to show an event that took place earlier in the narrative; flash back

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