from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A decrease; a curtailment: "The political effects of food cutbacks could be devastating” ( New York Times).
  • n. A sharp reversal of direction, as of a ball carrier in football.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A reduction in an existing program of some sort.
  • n. Maneuver where the surfer turns and surfs back towards where the wave is breaking.
  • n. Solvent-thinned bitumen used in cold process roofing adhesives, cements and coatings.
  • n. An offensive pass played into a position further from the attacking goal line.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a reduction in quantity or rate; a reduction in the amount of an activity or the funding for an activity.
  • n. a return to an earlier scene or story line in a novel, movie, etc.
  • n. a sudden switching of directions of a running football player, a surfboarder, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a reduction in quantity or rate
  • v. place restrictions on
  • v. cut down on; make a reduction in
  • v. return in time
  • v. cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • The cutback is part of a larger push by the police to cut costs for parade control.

    Halloween Parade Takes Short Cut

  • Analysts and market participants said the drop in jet-fuel demand will add to already robust inventories, and potentially hurt refiners 'profit margins, forcing at least a short-term cutback in their oil demand.

    Oil Hits Three-Week Low

  • But if the cutback is severe, many firms may fail.

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  • Germany was dominating a dejected Norway and almost went up 4-0 in the 78th minute when Prinz, with yet another cutback from the right, found Bajramaj, whose firm shot rattled the crossbar.

    Germany blanks Norway, will face U.S.-Brazil winner

  • Ginn took Smith's pitch on an end around and raced for a touchdown, leaving three Notre Dame defenders sprawled on the ground with a cutback from the sidelines 10 yards from the end zone.

  • It simply means that at a time when gas prices are through the roof and people are scrambling to stay afloat in a desperate American economy, that millions of people were willing to fork over their hard-earned money to sit in a theater for two and a half hours and watch a story about rich people whose idea of a cutback is two pairs of Jimmy Choo’s instead of three.

    High fashion and low class make strange bedfellows in “Sex and the City” » Scene-Stealers

  • After all, the main target of the cutback was the United States.

    The Prize

  • Post Master General says the cutback is a matter of survival. - News

  • Back in 1980, in his gadfly days, Quinn led the push for the so-called cutback amendment. - News

  • The cutback, which is in effect during peak daytime hours, also is affecting about 80 parks and playgrounds, 10 schools and four golf courses, according to Jim Dulaney, wastewater treatment manager at the South Cross Bayou Treatment Plant. - Articles related to U.S. airline industry once again goes under scrutiny


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