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cut back

Meaning: to reduce the amount of money spent on something, or to reduce the size or scale of something

Synonym: reduce

For example:

  • cut back sth The government had to cut back programs for things like education and healthcare in order to pay the cost of invading foreign countries.

  • cut back on sth I just lost my job, so I'll have to cut back on the amount of money I spend each month.

Quick Quiz:

Maria is going to cut back her spending on clothes and shoes because she
  1. is saving for a holiday
  2. won the lottery
  3. hates shopping

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