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cutback

[kuht-bak] /ˈkʌtˌbæk/
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
1895-1900; noun use of verb phrase cut back
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British Dictionary definitions for cutbacks

cutback

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

noun

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.
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