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Phrasal Verbs

cut back

This page is about the phrasal verb 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

a. is saving for a holiday

b. won the lottery

c. hates shopping

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