Kill, as in The troops were cut down one by one as they crossed the field. [Early 1800s]
Also, cut down on. Reduce, decrease, as in I want to cut down my caffeine intake, or We have to cut down on our expenses. [Mid-1800s]
cut down to size; . Reduce the self-importance of, humble, as in He's so arrogantI wish someone would cut him down to size, or She really got knocked down to size when her class ranking slipped. [Early 1900s]
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