cut down on


cut down on
   to kill
   Not necessarily with a blow from above:
    They want me to cut down on him... I am to burn this man. (Sanders, 1970 — the speaker was an assassin, not a worker in a crematorium)

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  • cut-down — cutˈ down adjective (used attrib) reduced • • • Main Entry: ↑cut * * * ˌcut ˈdown 8 [cut down] adjective only before noun reduced in length, size or range …   Useful english dictionary

  • cut|down — «KUHT DOWN», adjective, noun. –adj. 1. reduced in size; shortened: »a cutdown automobile. 2. abridged; condensed: »a cutdown version of a novel. –n. 1. that which is cut down. 2 …   Useful english dictionary

  • cut down on — cut back, reduce something, use less of something (e.g.: I have been eating too many sweets, I decided to cut down on them ) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • cut down — index abridge (shorten), curtail, decrease, deduct (reduce), digest (summarize), diminish …   Law dictionary

  • cut down — verb 1. cut down on; make a reduction in (Freq. 8) reduce your daily fat intake The employer wants to cut back health benefits • Syn: ↑reduce, ↑cut back, ↑trim, ↑trim down, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • cut down — phrasal verb Word forms cut down : present tense I/you/we/they cut down he/she/it cuts down present participle cutting down past tense cut down past participle cut down 1) cut down something [intransitive/transitive] to reduce an amount of… …   English dictionary

  • cut down — 1) PHRASAL VERB If you cut down on something or cut down something, you use or do less of it. [V P on n] He cut down on coffee and cigarettes, and ate a balanced diet... [V P n (not pron)] Car owners were asked to cut down travel... [V P] If you… …   English dictionary

  • cut down — v. 1)(D; intr.) to cut down on (to cut down on smoking) 2) (misc.) to cut smb. down to size ( to deflate smb. s ego ) * * * [ kʌt daʊn] (misc.) to cut down smb. down to size ( to deflate smb. s ego ) (D;intr.) to cut downon (to cut downon… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • cut down — UK US cut down Phrasal Verb with cut({{}}/kʌt/ verb [T] (cutting, cut, cut) ► [I or T] to reduce the amount or number of something: cut down on sth »The supermarket chain has promised to cut down on packaging. »This new system should cut down the …   Financial and business terms

  • cut down — 1) 24 hectares of trees were cut down Syn: fell, chop down, hack down, saw down, hew 2) he was cut down in his prime Syn: kill, slaughter, shoot down, mow down, gun down; informal take out, blow away; literary sl …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • cut down — verb a) To bring down by cutting. They want to cut down several trees to make room for the parking lot. b) To insult, to belittle. He wants to cut down on extra steps …   Wiktionary


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