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  • v. To reduce the amount of (something).
  • v. To reduce spending.
  • v. To reduce consumption.


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  • If the word eliminate only makes you want them more, then make a pact with yourself to systematically cut back until you have only the occasional soda or other sugary drink as part of a planned treat.

    The Life You Want

  • There also may be a need to cut back on totally nonverbal and antiverbal activities, such as video games and some forms of television.

    A Mind at a Time

  • To create an efficient, professional army, Lord Cardwell, the secretary for war, had cut back the bureaucratic weeds and rooted out the sale of commissions.

    Three Empires on the Nile

  • Nutritionists often encourage people to cut back on sugar-sweetened beverages.

    Skinny, low-calorie beverages for hot summer days

  • Buck Barnes had run two-thirds of the way across the street when he decided that he needed to cut back on fast food and start making use of the workout facilities down at the station.


  • After all, the city council members and their budget committee could have reprioritized their budget to cut back on street sweeping, park maintenance, library hours, raises and benefits for city employees, or other things less crucial to the public safety and welfare, and gotten by on the existing tax base without leaving the citizens vulnerable to criminals every night.


  • Of course there was a lane there that made a short cut back to the main road to Eau Galle, and if she hurried she might catch them before they came into town.

    Caddie Woodlawn’s Family

  • Thom Sebastian had held a conference with himself and decided after considerable negotiation to cut back on his working hours, he was going to relax.

    Mistress of Justice

  • Down in the wood, I used a long-handled hook to cut back some of the blackthorn army that was slowly suckering its way out of one of the other perimeter hedges.


  • The Canongate would be full of people strolling up and down, and attending to late business, so they went around by the Horse Wynd, the nearest side street to the palace gates, walked for a bit on the Cowgate, the great street parallel to Canongate, and then cut back through by way of Blackfriars Wynd.

    Mary Queen Of Scotland And The Isles


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