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[kuht-bak] /ˈkʌtˌbæk/
a reduction in rate, quantity, etc.:
a cutback in production.
a return in the course of a story, motion picture, etc., to earlier events.
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.
a maneuver in surfing of heading the surfboard back toward a wave's crest.
Origin of cutback
1895-1900; noun use of verb phrase cut back Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cutback
  • The cutback on their salaries would be much less than other people have to take anyways.
  • And the cutback in defense spending has slowed the economy and brought higher unemployment than anyone finds satisfactory.
  • Thousands of protesters went to the governor's office to protest some of the biggest cutback plans in the nation.
  • Dangerous in the open field with great cutback ability.
  • He makes quick decisions and closes quickly, but sometimes that takes him out of plays against cutback runners.
  • Has the body control to change direction going through the rush lanes and can cutback quickly when the holes are filled.
  • Must rely on his cutback ability and balance, as he does not have the speed to run away from defenders otherwise.
  • cutback and emulsified asphalt are used in nearly all paving applications.
  • While cutback and emulsified asphalts are used in similar applications, they differ in how they are prepared.
  • Sample cutback asphalt and asphalt filler at random at a rate of not less than ten percent of both storage tanks and shipments.
British Dictionary definitions for cutback


a decrease or reduction
another word (esp US) for flashback
verb (adverb)
(transitive) to shorten by cutting off the end; prune
when intr, foll by on. to reduce or make a reduction (in)
(intransitive) (mainly US) (in films) to show an event that took place earlier in the narrative; flash back
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Slang definitions & phrases for cutback



A reduction or decrease: no cutback in prices (1940s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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